Posts Tagged ‘infusion’

PHS presents on homecare infusion at local APHON chapter meeting

Friday, October 12th, 2012

PHS was thrilled to be invited to present at the local APHON chapter meeting on September 25th, in Minneapolis. Many nurses involved in APHON work in the hospital or clinic setting so PHS was excited to be able to expose more nurses to the wonderful world of homecare.

PHS Infusion Nurse and Nurse Educator Jill Wall, RN, BSN, CRNI, presented on infusion therapy in the homecare setting. She covered PHS’s process for patient intake, education of family and nurses and  all that PHS does to ensure our patients stay safe and thrive at home. She also briefly reviewed one of PHS’s clinical outcomes, our central line associated blood stream infection (CLABSI) rate. The rate of catheter infections in PHS patients is extremely low, even though many PHS patients are chronically ill and receive complex catheter treatments from PHS.

You can view the slideshow by clicking the photo below.

For more details, you can watch the full video of Jill’s presentation (which  includes the Q&A session following the presentation) on the PHS website by clicking the photo below.

Are you a nurse currently looking for work? We’re currently hiring for homecare nurses. Be sure to check out the PHS careers page for job application information.

Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN) Awareness Week August 5-11

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

August 5–11 is  Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN) Awareness Week. With the goal of demystifying HPN and helping others better understand what HPN patients go though on a daily basis, the Oley Foundation has come up with plenty of ways you can get involved throughout the week and we’d like to share some of them with you!

The awareness we are able to spread as a group over the week will be largely up to you! You are the heart of the effort, and your experiences are key in creating understanding and hope in others. Contact your local media, post your story on the PHS Facebook page, upload a YouTube video, or send us your story via email (dmakerson@pediatrichomeservice.com) so we can post it in our blog and share with all the PHS followers—the more we all work together to spread the word, the larger an impact we can have.

Be sure to use HPN Awareness Week logo as Facebook profile photo; and join in on any discussions!

  • Sunday, Awareness:
    • explain what home parenteral nutrition is and how it has helped you. Tell your family, friends and co-workers
    • distribute and wear HPN Awareness Week buttons (available through Oley)
    • post on Web sites, blogs
  • Monday, Outreach:
    • share Oley materials with someone with a similar diagnosis
  • Tuesday, Advocacy:
    • send letters to elected officials; write to local media (samples at oley.org)
    • write a letter to the editor
  • Wednesday, Education:
    • how to travel with HPN, share some facts about HPN and/or Oley, etc.
    • write a letter to the editor
  • Thursday, Networking:
    • explain how knowing others on HPN has helped you, introduce Oley (and RCs), how to connect to others
    • share information packets with doctors, other organizations, etc. (available through Oley)
    • Third item of embedded list
  • Friday, Understanding:
    • address misconceptions (HPN can be administered at home, can help one feel stronger, etc.)
    • letter to editor
    • talk to family, friends, co-workers
  • Saturday, Awareness:
    • share a positive experience you have experienced because of HPN, and what made it positive
    • post on Inspire forum, Oley FB page

Download an HPN Awareness Week poster to display at your home or work as a way to start a conversation!

Tweet, twitter, and post—and get others involved.

Please use the HPN Awareness Week logo whenever it’s appropriate. It will be great if everyone could use it as a Facebook profile photos August 5–11! Use it on your blogs and e-mails.

If you have Facebook, Twitter, etc., please share this message with fellow HPNers.

Create excitement for the week of August 5!

1•2•3 Infection Free! IV Catheter Care Program

Friday, September 9th, 2011

We know that caring for a child with an IV in your home can be a daunting process. There’s always that fear of infection in the back of your mind. To help quell some of those fears PHS has created a program called 1•2•3 Infection Free!, the program walks you step-by-step through the process of keeping your child infection free each time you administer an infusion.

Watch the video below as PHS Infusion Nurse Susan Fitzsimmons, RN, CPN, BSN walks through the various components in the PHS 123 Infection Free Kit.

Infection is a risk every child with an IV catheter faces.

PHS created a new program to help you prevent dangerous IV catheter infections at home. The program
is called 1•2•3 Infection Free! and its materials explain:

  • Actions to take each and every time you or any caregiver works with your child’s IV catheter
  • Warning signs for infection at the IV catheter site or in the blood stream
  • Whom to contact if your child shows signs of infection

Materials included in the kit are:

  • Infection Prevention Methods Poster
    • An easy reminder of the most important steps for preventing an IV infection, with pictures on one side
      and more detailed information on the other side
  • My Child’s IV Catheter Care Log
    • A list of infection warning signs for which to check every day and a guide for whom to contact about
      different warning signs. Call us when you need more copies.
  • Emergency Information
    • A card to hang near your child’s bed or on the refrigerator with infection warning signs and the phone
      numbers of whom to contact
  • Badge
    • A list of infection warning signs and contacts that is a perfect size for purse, pocket, diaper bag or
      emergency kit

    Have you used 1•2•3 Infection Free! Does it help you to remember the steps and keep your child infection free? We’d love to hear your feedback on the program.