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Delivering IV antibiotic treatment in patients’ homes

Elastomeric devices are small, single use pumps used to administer medication such as intravenous (IV) antibiotics or chemotherapy. They can be used in patients’ homes and, consequently, could help relieve pressure on hospital beds by reducing admissions and facilitating earlier discharge from hospital of patients whose sole reason for remaining in hospital would be to receive IV antibiotics.

This is a local project in partnership with Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) which has introduced elastomeric devices into clinical practice. The project originated from a student from OUH who completed the Adopting Innovation and Managing Change in Healthcare Settings programme run by the Oxford AHSN and Bucks New University. Following successful implementation of the devices at the OUH, the Oxford AHSN is working with the OUH team to develop a local project that supports other trusts in the region interested in introducing elastomeric devices.