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Home treatment of patients with long-term IV antibiotics

Keywords: Healthcare Delivery, Home Care, Medicine Management
Southern hospital trust, Kristiansand. Marianne Jacobsen


Other – please specify (e.g. guidance for change management/care pathway redesign/business alignment/interoperability framework/etc.)
By the use of infusion pumps, long-term IV patients can be treated at home instead of staying at the hospital for IV antibiotics treatmens by using fixed holder
Short description
The practice is implemented in the medical ward at the southern hospital trust in Norway for patients in need of long-term IV antibiotics. The patient care pathway is altered from only having in-house treatment at the hospital of such patient group, to offer treatment from home. Patients visit the hospital once a day to re-fill the infusion pump with new midicine and get follow-up from the nurse or doctor. This pathway was introduced in the Southern hospital trust in 2019 as a project and by 2020 as part of standard patient pathway. The solution is applicable cross borders to others who treat patients with long-term IV
Impact on health outcomes, Economic value to health and care systems, Economic value to patients, Impact on the health system’s capacity and resilience (e.g., health and care efficiency, continuity of care), Contribution to citizen empowerment
The practice/case/tool is “on the market” and integrated in routine use. There is proven market impact in terms of job creation/spin-off creation or other company growth
Implemented in southern hospital trust, ready for further adoptation
Geographical scope
More than 100 patients, more than 1 hospital
Submitted in other database or repository of digital health resources that is publicly available

Additional information

to clinicians / care practitioners
Care pathway tracking and adherence
Clinical team care planning and collaboration tools (e.g. digital shared care plan)
Use case and care pathway positioning
Treatment, Integrated care pathways, Rehabilitation
Plans for cross-border implementation
Are considered and will be developed in the near future