Intravenous antibiotic treatment at home can provide higher quality care

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7093.1551 (Published 24 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1551
  1. Christopher P Conlon, Consultant physiciana,
  2. Jill Kayley, Community specialist nursea,
  3. David G Lalloo, Senior registrara,
  4. Anthony R Berendt, Consultant physiciana
  1. a Infectious Diseases Unit, Nuffield Department of Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU

    Editor—The tone of Dilip Nathwani and Peter Davey's article on community based intravenous antibiotic treatment in Britain is unnecessarily negative.1 We agree, however, that outpatient intravenous antibiotic treatment should be driven by a concern for quality rather than as a cost saving practice. Such therapy was developed in the United States because clinicians wanted to maintain quality care for patients with infections requiring intravenous treatment in the face of pressure from third party …

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