September 2021

Improving Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy
Recent years have seen an increase in the use of outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT), which can both reduce costs and improve patient autonomy. However, OPAT may be fraught with problems, such as inadequate patient follow-up during transitions of care, which may result in lack of laboratory monitoring or failure to rapidly identify treatment failures. Read more.


Effect of IV Solutions on Medication Safety
The administration of IV solutions via venous access devices (i.e., short peripheral catheters or midline catheters inserted into the upper arm) has often been associated with complications such as phlebitis, infiltration and extravasation, nerve injury, access device occlusion, infections, air embolism, and thrombosis. Read more.

Recognizing IV Iron-Induced Hypophosphatemia
Hypophosphatemia associated with IV iron therapy was first reported in the 1980s. It initially was thought to be a transient occurrence; however, emerging evidence is causing clinicians to rethink iron-induced hypophosphatemia's perceived benign nature. Read more.

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