The cost of a recalcitrant intravenous drug user with serial cases of endocarditis: Need for guidelines to improve the continuum of care

Claudia R. Libertin, Ulas M. Camsari, Walter C. Hellinger, Terry D. Schneekloth, Teresa A. Rummans

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Abstract

We report a case of an intravenous drug user (IVDU) patient who had 4 episodes of endocarditis within a 2-year time period in rural Georgia. The institutional cost was approximately $380,000. The lack of an established transitional care plan for IVDUs to outpatient care is a common phenomenon at institutions. Guidelines are essential to optimize the quality of care rendered to IVDUs with such infections, to assist providers in utilizing limited resources, and to limit the cost to the institutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-5
Number of pages3
JournalIDCases
Volume8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • IV substance use disorder with life-threatening infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases

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