Does your hospice provide continuous infusion in the patient home?
What subcutaneous device do you use...SQ button, BF, Angiocath? Do you wait to receive a prepared solution and supplies from a pharmacy? Do the nurses prepare the initial infusion in the field and then replace with a pharmacy prepped solution? What is your turn around time for receiving infusions from your pharmacy from order to delivery? Is infusion service available on weekends and after hours?
What type of delivery devices do you use, syringe drivers or CADD type systems?
It seems that pharmacy laws are problematic for the nursing prep of SQ infusions in the home hospice setting. However, access to pharmacy services is a significant problem for rural and frontier hospices making delivery of care on that level very difficult.
What work arounds is your agency using in order to meet the emergent palliation needs of your patients?
Thank you for your thoughts and comments.
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We do not do these I don't know if it is the region I am in, but in 12 years and 3 companies I have seen it done 1-2 times and only in an impatient setting.
How do you provide relief for your patients who have refractory symptoms not responsive to oral or transdermal meds? Do you have an inpatient unit that you admit to?
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see above--duplicate post---sorry!
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