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leukemia with nosebleeds, any advice?

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I have a gentleman who has been transfusion dependent for quite some time, now he has just been signed on for hospice and will probably continue his nosebleeds but stop transfusions. Does anybody have any suggestions? I have already started education re: emergency kits for auto and home which include ice in frig, trash bags, dark colored towels, slender tampax...soon to receive 'nosebudd'(device on market--you put in freezer and it can be used as a nose ice pack and is reusable). any other suggestions? Thanks :redpinkhe

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with the change of seasons, it could be as simple as ensuring adequate humidity...

esp if he's on o2.

also, our med'l dir is a big proponent of afrin nasal spray.

spray nares then coat w/vaseline.

with some folks, vit k injections will work temporarily.

you sound like you're on top of everything.:)

leslie

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Be careful about o2 and vaseline products. I have found that a cotton ball sprayed with n.s. and insert this into the nare for 5 minutes works pretty well, esp for pt with 02 and on coumadin

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NurseAlwaysNForever has 3 years experience and specializes in Hospice, LTC.

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We use sterile lubricant with O2, works great. Also, discourage any picking, hard blowing, etc. Make sure he is not taking any aspirin products or other thinning agents.

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