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Community Intravenous Antibiotic Service

Drip2Community Intravenous Antibiotic Service (CIVAS) is a city wide specialist nursing team delivering IV Therapy to patients in their own homes. The team operates seven days a week from 7.15am to 10pm.

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 they do?

  • Intravenous Antibiotic Therapies - up to three times a day
  • Provide antimicrobials four times a day via a 24 houtr 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


What do they 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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