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A review of the home intravenous antibiotic service available to children with cystic fibrosis
  1. F J Gilchrist,
  2. W Lenney
  1. Academic Department of Child Health, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Newcastle Road, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
  1. Dr F Gilchrist, Academic Department of Child Health, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Newcastle Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 6QG, UK; fjgilchrist{at}hotmail.com

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Intravenous antibiotics are one of the cornerstones in the management of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). If families are carefully selected and appropriately trained, intravenous antibiotics administered at home can be as effective as when they are given in hospital.1 2 Home intravenous antibiotics also have the advantage of reducing disruption to patient’s lives, limiting the opportunities for cross-infection and reducing cost.3 4 We were interested to discover whether the home intravenous antibiotic service available to children with CF varied from one centre to another. We therefore designed a questionnaire to assess the home intravenous antibiotic service and …

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