A Community Intervention Team (CIT) is a specialist, nurse led health professional team which provides a rapid and integrated response to a patient with an acute episode of illness who requires enhanced services/acute intervention for a defined short period of time. This may be provided at home, in a residential setting or in the community as deemed appropriate, thereby avoiding acute hospital attendance or admission, or facilitating early discharge.
The CIT, through its fast-tracked provision of services enhances the overall primary care system, providing access to nursing and home care support, usually from 8am to 10pm, seven days per week. Referrals are accepted from hospitals, GP’s and other community sources.
Services provided include:
- Administration of IV antibiotics
- Wound dressings
- Acute anticoagulation management
- Urinary related care
- Ostomy Care
- Medication Management
- Enhanced Nurse Monitoring;
- Care of patients with respiratory illness
(Louth also includes Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy services)
Telephone the local CIT to discuss the clinical details of the patient, and fax the referral to the appropriate number outlined in the table above.
Please note that you must await confirmation of acceptance of referral by CIT.
In you have any service difficulties contact the CIT/OPAT Management Control Centre at 01 427 6000 which provide a national co-ordination role for these services.
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