Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT)
The OPAT program at the UPMC Center for Care of Infectious Diseases cares for patients discharged to a home or nursing facility on a course of intravenous (IV) antibiotics.
OPAT programs can help manage many types of infections, such as:
- Heart infections (endocarditis).
- Bone infections (osteomyelitis).
- Skin and soft tissue infections.
- Brain (CNS) infections.
The goals of our program are to:
- Provide expert care to patients on IV antibiotics.
- Manage side effects and infections.
- Reduce the need for hospital readmissions.
Patient Care in the OPAT Management Program
The OPAT program patient care team includes infectious disease doctors, nurses, and on-site pharmacists.
- Doctors work with IV antibiotics patients to design a complete and personalized treatment plan.
- Nurses take blood work and help patients with their medication.
- Pharmacists work with doctors to monitor the IV antibiotic treatment.
The type of antibiotic and the length of treatment vary based on each person's condition. Most patients receive their IV antibiotic treatment through a central IV catheter such as a PICC line or port.
The OPAT management team also keeps other treating physicians informed of the patient's progress during treatment.
Learn More About the OPAT Program
For more information on the OPAT management program, call 412-647-7228.
OPAT program locations are at: