Journal article

Intravenous ceftriaxone at home versus intravenous flucloxacillin in hospital for children with cellulitis: a cost-effectiveness analysis

Laila F Ibrahim, Li Huang, Sandy M Hopper, Kim Dalziel, Franz E Babl, Penelope A Bryant

LANCET INFECTIOUS DISEASES | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy after hospital admission is increasingly popular, but its use to avoid admission to hospital altogether by treating patients wholly as outpatients remains uncommon in children. One reason for the low use of treatment at home is the scarcity of evidence of its cost-effectiveness. In this planned follow-up analysis of the Cellulitis at Home or Inpatient in Children from the Emergency Department (CHOICE) trial, we aimed to assess the cost-effectiveness of an admission avoidance pathway, in which children were treated at home, compared with standard hospital care for the intravenous treatment of moderate or severe cellulitis. METHODS: We did a..

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