IV to PO Conversion

Intravenous (IV) to oral (PO) administration of antimicrobials help increase patient mobility and reduces the chance of secondary IV line complications such as thrombophlebitis

With appropriate IV to PO conversion, there is no difference in treatment success or mortality

Assess for PO conversion using established criteria

Clinical pharmacists will review and change route of antimicrobial administration using established criteria

Oral Conversion Should Be Considered If Patient:

  • Continues to require antimicrobials
  • AND is clinically stable
  • AND is able to tolerate oral medications
  • AND has no factors affecting oral absorption (e.g., presence of gastrointestinal abnormalities or drug interactions)