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Evid Based Nurs 8:79 doi:10.1136/ebn.8.3.79
  • Treatment

Home based and hospital based IV antibiotics for cellulitis had similar effects on clinical outcomes

Home based v hospital based intravenous (IV) antibiotics for cellulitis*

Outcomes at ⩾4 weeks Hazard ratio (95% CI)†
*CI defined in glossary.
†Hazard ratios >1 suggest that home based treatment was faster. Analysis adjusted for age, sex, location of cellulitis (upper v lower limb), and previous antibiotic treatment.
Days to no advancement of cellulitis (n = 180) 0.99 (0.74 to 1.34)
Days to discharge (n = 193) 0.95 (0.71 to 1.26)
Days on IV antibiotics (n = 193) 0.85 (0.64 to 1.14)
Days on oral antibiotics (n = 194) 1.18 (0.88 to 1.59)

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