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Oral Antibiotics versus IV Antibiotics for Patients with Cellulitis or Soft Tissue Infections: Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines

Last updated: December 11, 2019
Project Number: RB1418-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Drug
Report Type: Summary of Abstracts
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the comparative clinical effectiveness of oral antibiotics versus IV antibiotics for patients with cellulitis and/or other soft tissue infections?
  2. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding treatment of patients with cellulitis and/or other soft tissue infections with oral antibiotics or IV antibiotics?

Key Message

One systematic review and one randomized controlled trial were identified regarding the clinical effectiveness of oral versus IV antibiotics for patients with cellulitis or other soft tissue infections. In addition, one evidence-based guideline was identified regarding treatment of patients with cellulitis or other soft tissue infections with oral or IV antibiotics.