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Tips for Living with an IV Device

General tips for catheter care

  • Hygiene is crucial in preventing infection. Always ensure hands are washed thoroughly before touching the catheter and do not touch the catheter tip when the cap is off.
  • Prevent the catheter from touching water as this may lead to an infection. When it comes to showering, shower sleeves are available to keep the catheter dry.
  • Flush catheter with fluid between each catheter use to prevent blockage
  • Inspect area daily for signs of infection and other complications

General tips for port care

  • Initially, when the port has just been placed. Avoid any heavy exertion and keep the port covered with a clean and dry bandage.
  • Subsequently, you need not worry about the port touching water, therefore able to shower and engage in activities such as swimming with ease
  • Flush port with fluid between each port use to prevent blockage
  • Inspect area daily for signs of infection and other complications

#2 Living with an IV device … [1] [2]

Situation 1: My father’s IV catheter has fallen out! What do I do? Do I put it back in?

Calmly apply pressure over the opening until bleeding ceases. Do not attempt to reinsert the catheter on your own. Immediately call your home care provider or head down to the A&E.

Situation 2: I think there is something wrong with the catheter, do I call a professional?

Here are some situations that would require you to hold on administering treatment and to seek medical assistance immediately:

  • Area surrounding the catheter is red, swollen and painful
  • There is bleeding from the catheter
  • Fluid is leaking out from the catheter
  • The catheter cannot be flushed with liquid, and is likely blocked.
  • Catheter came into contact with excessive amounts of water.
  • You are having an unexplained fever
  • You are experiencing symptoms such as chest pain, coughing up blood, difficulty breathing and blurred vision.

Situation 3: The needle does not enter my port, do I force it in?

If the needle does not access the port smoothly, do not force it in. Instead, contact your healthcare professional immediately for guidance. Likewise, if you are unable to flush, administer treatment or withdraw blood from the port.

Bringing IV back home

All I want.. is to sleep comfortably in my own bed.

Mr Ng has not been home in 2 months. Not by choice, but due to his endocarditis that requires long term IV antibiotics. Many others are in the same situation, waiting for the day that they can finally be discharged. Depending on the patient’s condition and the doctor’s assessment, you may be able to bring the “hospital” back home.

What is home-based IV therapy?

With the aim of increasing the accessibility to healthcare, home infusions are now a possibility. When patients are medically fit for discharge but may still require IV treatment, home infusion may take place, involving the continuation of professionally safe IV treatment at home.

Jaga-Me aims to aid in your transition from the hospital by providing hospital-grade care in the comfort of your home. After booking an appointment with us and confirming the equipment needed, our JagaPros will ensure that everything is well set up and safely administer the therapy in your home.

Having to constantly visit the hospital is a stressful and disruptive experience. The wide range of benefits of home infusion includes earlier discharge, lesser trips to the hospital, lower costs, saves time and most importantly, provides more comfort and satisfaction.[3] Additionally, numerous studies have proven the clinical effectiveness of home-based care (footnote 2 & [4])

Why do you not get your medications at home instead? I did not know that I had that option!

What do you need?

  1. A doctor’s prescription for the first-time transition into home-based care
    – Indicating the:
    (a) Name, dose, frequency and duration of medication
    (b) Type and amount of dilution agent required
    (c) Storage and administration requirements
    (d) Approval for home IV therapy
  2. Equipment
    – Drip stands, infusion pumps
    – To discover the range of equipment that you can rent from Jaga-Me as well as our set-up services, visit our website at https://jaga.sg/iv
  3. Trained and licensed medical professionals
    – Not everyone is fit to administer IV therapy, and complications may occur if done improperly. Our JagaPros are a team of accredited, local professionals that have at least 3 years of experience in acute wards and are ready to help you transition into home care. To find out more, visit our website at https://jaga.sg or contact our team at 67173737

Transitioning into home-based care is not an easy feat. At TheCareIssue, we hope to empower you to make informed decisions that improve your quality of care. If there is a topic you would like us to write about, do let us know at (provide support page link) and we look forward to learning with you.

[1] Pong AL, Bradley JS. (2019). Outpatient intravenous antimicrobial therapy for serious infections. Feigin and Cherry’s Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2019:chap 238.

[2] (2019). Catheters and Ports in Cancer Treatment. Cancer.Net. Retrieved from https://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/how-cancer-treated/chemotherapy/catheters-and-ports-cancer-treatment

[3] Polinski JM et al. (2017). Home infusion: Safe, clinically effective, patient preferred, and cost saving. Healthc (Amst). 2017;5(1-2):68‐80.

[4] Tappenden P et al. (2012). The clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of home-based, nurse-led health promotion for older people: a systematic review. Health technology assessment (Winchester, England), 16(20), 1–72.

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