IV therapy at home for family member

  1. Has anyone ever done IV antibiotics at home for a family member? Any thoughts on this would be welcome.
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  3. by   Huganurse
    No but I've taught a ton of patients to do the IV tx on their own. Of course I have to start them and change dsg if it is short term. Long term the patients learn that too. If your talking about you doing it I don't see why that would be a problem especially if you're experienced with them already. I'd choose to do my own families IV's at home if needed rather than having other nurses come in to do it and especially if the other option is inpatient. Heck, I'd do my own at home if I needed it just to avoid being admitted. Home is where my heart is. Not to mention the absence of nosocomials! And room mates!
    Last edit by Huganurse on Jun 30, '02
  4. by   Jenny P
    I've done my hubby's IV steroids many times when he's had relapses of his M.S. He prefers my sticking him rather than someone else; however, the last time he needed them (last fall); his veins were so fragile that we had to have a special home health IV team come out because we (the home health nurse and myself) kept blowing them. I don't feel right about doing any other family members (not that they have had need for them!) unless I KNOW that they will trust me! LOL!!!!
  5. by   snickers
    My sister-in-law came to live with us a couple of years ago, we looked after her for the last 2 months of her life(she had ovarian ca with mets.)She developed cellulitis,wanted iv antibiotics which we hung for her tid, she had an iv to the end, called it her lifeline.

  6. by   4XNURSE

    Worst case sceniero. You have a problem with the thing, say, an infiltration. IV abx are potent. Potential tissue necrosis. If somebody starts asking questions, how is your state board going to look at it?

    Mind you this is from a guy who delivered 2 of his 3 children, at home. (see below)

    just my $ .02

  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    Taught one of my HHA's to administer TPN and IV AB via Hickman Catheter and change Hickman dressings after her son's bone marrow transplant. Used to access my Mother-in-laws Portacath night before blood transfusions for anemia in early 80's as only TWO RN's in hospital trained and they were often off----all done thru my homecare agency as I was IV RN. That's the purpose of home IV therapy is to teach a caregiver or patient to administer TX.

    As long as going thru an infusion agency for backup see no problems.

    See previous post reply for additional info:
  8. by   TracyB,RN
    4XNurse, LOL at your quote
    Thanks for the input, everyone. The IV at home thing is just a thought in my head for now, hubby's gram is on po antibiotic now & was just trying to plan ahead a little bit, in case the PO is not as effective as we want it to be. She doesn't want to go back to hospital & we aren't really too keen on sending her, but we shall see what happens.
    Thanks again