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

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Q What is the relative efficacy of home based compared with hospital based intravenous (IV) antibiotics for treatment of cellulitis?


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randomised controlled trial.

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⩾4 weeks.

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metropolitan Christchurch, New Zealand.

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200 patients ⩾16 years of age, who presented to the emergency department (ED) with clinical signs of cellulitis and required IV antibiotics because of severity of cellulitis or failure of oral antibiotic treatment; were mentally competent; had a telephone at home and a caregiver nearby; and resided in metropolitan Christchurch. Exclusion criteria included pregnancy, IV treatment for cellulitis of the same site in the previous month, ⩾2 signs of systemic sepsis (temperature >38°C or <36°C, heart rate >90 beats/min, …

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  • For correspondence: Dr P Corwin, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Christchurch, New Zealand.

  • Source of funding: no external funding.