You know, it's funny that we worry so much about the neutropenic patient that dares to cross our thresh hold !!
Yet, we tend to forget that, with MOST of the chemo and it's related neutropenia is done as an outpatient.
I would wager that we only see 5% of the oncology patients.
Amazing, huh !! Ask your local oncologist.
We do alot of BMTs as TOTAL outpatients !!! And our leukemics used to stay for 6 weeks...we're down to 3-4 weeks with a few going home right after chemo is done !! WOW!!
One guy is in college and doesn't miss much school....although sometimes he does it online...I'm still trying to get him to do MY homework but he wants top billing !! DO YOU BELIEVE IT!!
We teach them how to deal with it. Handwashing, Handwashing, Handwashing !!!!
Avoid crowds, if you want to go out to dinner or go to the movies or go shopping, go in the off times. Don't go into heavy crowds. If you must, then wear a mask. No gardening when neutropenic (fertalizer is after all....poop
Our patients are successful most of the time.
When they are admitted and severly neutropenic we try to place them in a private room or with someone not infected (like a DVT)
What an interesting speciality...I love it !!