A 9-Point Risk Assessment for Patients Who Inject Drugs and Require Intravenous Antibiotics: Focusing Inpatient Resources on Patients at Greatest Risk of Ongoing Drug Use

Academic Article


  • A 9-point risk assessment identified persons with a history of injection drug use who were safe for discharge. "Low-risk" patients were discharged with outpatient antibiotics; others continued inpatient treatment. Use of the assessment reduced the mean length of stay by 20 days and total direct cost by 33%, creating capacity for an additional 333 patients.
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  • Eaton EF; Mathews RE; Lane PS; Paddock CS; Rodriguez JM; Taylor BB; Saag MS; Kilgore ML; Lee RA
  • Start Page

  • 1041
  • End Page

  • 1043
  • Volume

  • 68
  • Issue

  • 6