Complications of outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy in childhood

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2001 May;20(5):541-3. doi: 10.1097/00006454-200105000-00015.


Complications in children receiving outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy were reviewed. Catheter-associated complications and/or adverse drug reactions occurred in 50% of courses. Most complications were minor, and almost all infections were successfully treated. Even with early discontinuation of parenteral antibiotics because of adverse drug reactions in 24% of the courses, the outcome was excellent.

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / adverse effects*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Home Infusion Therapy / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Infusions, Intravenous
  • Male
  • Osteomyelitis / complications*
  • Osteomyelitis / drug therapy*
  • Outpatients*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents