Since its introduction in the 1970s, a standard modality for patients with many types of infections is long-term intravenous (IV) antibiotic or antifungal therapy. Home infusion of IV antibiotics or antifungals is prescribed by a doctor for select patients who are well enough to be treated at home, but cannot be adequately treated with oral medications. Appropriate IV access is essential. Only a small number of bacterial infections need to be treated with IV antibiotics in the home. Many mild to moderate infections can be effectively treated with oral antibiotics. Unfortunately, because of the increasing incidence of antibiotic resistance in hospitals and the community, many infections that once had oral antibiotic options can now only be treated with intravenous antibiotics.
The amount and type of IV antibiotics or antifungals are tailored specifically to each patient to effectively treat the infection while allowing the patient to receive treatment in their home (as opposed to remaining in the hospital for treatment).
El tratamiento de infecciones con antibióticos IV en el hogar del paciente es una modalidad establecida. La selección cuidadosa del paciente, un acceso intravenoso seguro, así como una capacitación adecuada permiten que muchos pacientes puedan recibir su tratamiento en casa. Lamentablemente, el aumento de infecciones resistentes a múltiples fármacos hace que muchos pacientes deban recibir tratamientos prolongados con antibióticos IV.
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