I have a patient who came home from the hospital with a CVAD (Central Vascular Access Device). His family is nervous about taking care of the CVAD and has many questions. I’d like to find a good tool or resource to reassure them in my absence. Do you know of any?
Patient teaching is so important in what we do everyday as clinicians. I have spoken with some colleagues at INS (Infusion Nurses Society) and find that they have a number of good resources for home care agencies and nurses who provide infusion care. A good match for your needs is “Infusion Therapy and You,” a patient education workbook and a Work Mat. The workbook is in simple, easy to understand language and includes a note-taking area and a section where the nurse can re-enforce infusion prescription information. The Work Mat has a laminated surface that allows for personalization of infusion-specific prescriptions and procedures such as dressing changes, and flushing of an intermittent device. It can easily be posted on a wall, refrigerator, or laid on a counter or table. A dry-erase marker is included. You can use with the workbook or alone. I know this sounds like a commercial but when you find a product that has such value you do not want to keep it a secret. Even the pricing is not prohibitive. To find more information about this product and other infusion resources visit www.ins1.org.
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