FAQs

FAQs

Who are we?

OPAT.PH is an outpatient service provider that administers intravenous (IV) antibiotics to patients with serious infections in the outpatient or community setting. OPAT stands for outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy. It allows patients to shorten their hospital stay or avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.

OPAT.PH is headed by an infectious diseases specialist physician who has an extensive clinical experience in the treatment of infectious diseases and outpatient parenteral therapy here and abroad.

Aside from the infectious diseases doctor, OPAT.PH is composed of nurses and pharmacists knowledgeable in infectious diseases and trained in the preparation and administration of intravenous antibiotics.

What infections can be treated at OPAT.PH?

Any infections that require intravenous antibiotics and without any suitable oral antibiotic can be treated at OPAT.PH.

Infections involving the heart, brain, lungs, liver, skin, bone and joints, bloodstream infection and medical device-related infections are among the medical cases that are seen and managed at OPAT.PH.

Commonly treated infections in OPAT include infective endocarditis, septic arthritis, osteomyelitis, nontuberculous Mycobacterium(NTM) infection, cellulitis, brain abscess, intraabdominal abscesses, complicated urinary tract infections.

Infections caused by multidrug-resistant pathogens without any appropriate oral antibiotics are ideal cases for OPAT.

What antibiotics are suitable for OPAT administration?

Drug stability is an important element in an outpatient environment. Antibiotics like penicillin G, ceftriaxone, ceftazidime, ertapenem, aztreonam, etc. can be effectively administered.

What are the patient requirements for OPAT.PH?

A patient with any infection requiring intravenous antibiotic for treatment is a candidate for outpatient therapy. In addition, the patient should be medically stable (staying in hospital just for intravenous antibiotic therapy alone), has a good home support, a reliable line of communication and a secured intravenous access (e.g. peripheral IV line or PICC line).

What are the benefits of getting treatment at OPAT.PH?

There are many benefits when one undergoes OPAT. It allows patients to receive treatment in the comfort of their own homes surrounded by families and friends. One is able to return to work or school and resume their normal activities.

OPAT.PH definitely lowers the cost of medical treatment. Patients will no longer incur additional expenses from hospital stays, antibiotic surcharges and professional fees among other things.

OPAT.PH does not compromise your treatment. It ensures the continuity of the proper management of your infection by giving the right antibiotic, right dose and at the right time.

What other services are offered by OPAT.PH?

Aside from administration of intravenous antibiotics, the OPAT.PH team will monitor your clinical and laboratory responses to the treatment.

Our OPAT nurse will take care of your intravenous access such as change of IV dressing and recognize IV line-related issues. In addition, our OPAT pharmacist will check for drug interactions, antibiotic side effects, toxicities and therapeutic drug monitoring. We will also provide the infusion materials and instructions needed for the administration of your IV antibiotics.

I have my own doctor, will my OPAT.PH team work with my doctor?

OPAT.PH will work together with your primary medical provider. We will coordinate with your doctor and provide regular updates regarding your medical condition.

Is outpatient administration of IV antibiotics safe?

OPAT has been in existence since 1974 in the USA when patients with cystic fibrosis and lung infections were treated outside the hospital. OPAT is widely practiced in many parts of the world like UK, Australia, Singapore, Canada, etc.

Many medical journals attesting to the safety and cost-effectiveness of OPAT have been published. Among the organizations who have published OPAT guidelines are the Infectious Diseases Society of America and British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

For the first time in the Philippines, OPAT.PH is bringing this model of outpatient service under the professional guidance of our infectious disease specialist who trained and worked for many years in an OPAT clinic abroad.

How is antibiotic administered at OPAT.PH?

OPAT.PH administers intravenous antibiotics via a portable elastomeric pump. Depending on the type of antibiotic and dosing, this pump can give single dose and multiple-dose antibiotics. Among the advantages of this elastomeric pump are its portability, automatic administration (no batteries) and single change in a day even for multiple dose administration (those requiring every 6 or 8 hours administration).

A relative or companion will receive demonstration and training from our OPAT Nurse with regards to the use of the portable elastomeric pump. The handling of the portable elastometric pump is as easy as 1-2-3!

OPAT.PH allows you to receive timely and reliable administration of your IV antibiotics.

Do I have to go the OPAT clinic every day?

There is no need to go the clinic everyday unlike receiving your treatment in the emergency room or doctor’s clinic. We will provide you with several days’ supply of prepared antibiotic-containing elastomeric pumps which you can store in the refrigerator and take out when it is time to replace the elastomeric pump.

With OPAT.PH, you can schedule your activities wisely, escape the daily traffic and avoid prolonged waiting time in the emergency rooms or doctor’s clinics. The OPAT.PH team will just be a phone call away to answer your concerns.

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