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In Response: In his letter Cunha suggests that oral antimicrobial drug therapy is safer and less expensive than intravenous therapy via central venous catheters (CVCs) (1).
The study design was practical, he added, because after 10 days of intravenous therapy, patients were switched to oral fluconazole.
In patients with persistent neurologic deficits, the initial intravenous therapy was followed by a regimen of oral methylprednisolone, which was slowly tapered over 4 to 6 weeks.
But terbutaline is currently the intravenous therapy of choice for acute asthmatic patients, particularly those who fail to respond to bronchodilators.
Long-term care facilities have shown that they can be a cost-effective option for providing medical services such as ventilator and respiratory care, intravenous therapy and wound care for individuals requiring inpatient medical supervision.
The "Dress Well" project covers three categories of inpatient clothing at HKCH, including regular pyjamas, pyjama tops for intravenous therapy and jackets.
BRONJ affects cancer patients who get intravenous therapy, with a prevalence rate of up to 18.6% among multiple myeloma patients, 1.2%-12% among breast cancer patients, 6.5%-7% among prostate cancer patients and up to 0.1% among osteoporosis patients who take oral treatment.
Although panelists generally agreed that intuitively, the technology made sense and provided useful information, they voted against approval because the COMPASS-HF study, the clinical trial submitted for approval, did not meet the primary effectiveness end point of showing that it reduced the rate of heart failure hospitalization equivalents (HF-related hospitalizations, HF-related emergency department or urgent-clinic visits requiring intravenous therapy) in patients with NYHA III or IV heart failure.
Specialty areas discussed in the next section include critical care, diagnostic testing, emergency medical services, emergency department, intravenous therapy, nursing home, medical surgical, medication, obstetrical, orthopedic, pain assessment and management, pediatric, perioperative, hospital and nursing home physician documentation, psychiatric, rehabilitation, and skin trauma records.
The study's primary outcome was the percent of patients who achieved a favorable response of cure or clinical improvement by the time their intravenous therapy was stopped.
For example, if a home-care patient receiving intravenous therapy has a fever, is admitted to an acute-care facility, and is confirmed to have a BSI, this information may not be communicated to the home-care agency (the same or a different one) when the patient is discharged to continue infusion therapy at home.
Subacute care programs typically treat patients who are medically complex and require extensive physiological monitoring, intravenous therapy, or pre- or post-operative care.

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