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Community Intravenous Antibiotic Service

Drip2CIVAS is an established community nursing team in Leeds that provides intravenous therapy for housebound patients within their own homes and within a community clinic setting, as an alternative to an extended stay in hospital.

The CIVAS team work with hospital based clinical nurses, Infectious Disease consultants, microbiologists and specialist pharmacists to provide a Multidisciplinary approach.

 

Service Aims

The CIVAS team aim to facilitate early hospital discharge for patients who are medically fit but require an extended course of intravenous antibiotic therapy.

They provide locally driven care, supported by National Guidelines and Standards, to effectively and efficiently utilise hospital and community healthcare resource, reduce the risk of hospital acquired infections, and move away from the historical over-reliance of acute hospital care.

The overall aim of the service is to improve patient experience, choice, wellbeing and quality of life.

 

What do we do?

  • Intravenous Antibiotic Therapies - up to three times a day
  • Provide antimicrobials four times a day via a 24 hour ambulatory pump infusion
  • Intravenous Diuretic Therapy Pathway

  • Respiratory Admission Avoidance Pathway

  • Blood Sampling

  • Insertion and maintenance of venous access devices

  • Provide high quality, safe, holistic nursing care

 

Whanurse  pic CIVASt do we treat?

  • Severe Infections – such as Meningitis, Endocarditis, Urology Infections
  • Failure of oral therapy - Cellulitis
  • Deep seated infection - abscess
  • No other feasible route – nil by mouth
  • No oral alternative- some multi drug resistant infections
  • Diuretic therapy – Heart Failure Patients
  • Diabetic Foot Patients

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