Consultation with an infectious disease specialist and sometimes others with expertise in HIV is often necessary to provide proper therapy and disposition. Disposition decisions, as for all patients, are based on the need for definite inpatient evaluation or management and determination of the patient's ability to function as an outpatient (with special consideration regarding oral intake, ambulation, and availability of appropriate medical follow-up). General considerations for admission and discharge are given in Table 139:9..

TABLE 139-9 Considerations for Disposition Decisions for HIV-Infected Patients


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