Posts Tagged ‘tpn’

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 ( 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
    • 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!



Joe’Von Thrives at Home

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Joe’Von is like most kids his age
And that’s what makes him remarkable.
He likes to watch cartoons, play in the yard and pick on his twin sister. In that much, at least, he’s a fairly typical preschooler. You wouldn’t have imagined it, though, had you met him the day he was born.

Joe’Von came into this world at 28 weeks and with short bowel syndrome, which means he didn’t have enough intestinal length to properly absorb nutrients. Doctors believed he’d never eat like the rest of us. In other words, that he wouldn’t be able to sustain himself with food.

Couldn’t eat or even look at pictures of food
Joe’Von’s aversion to eating kept him not only from the kitchen table, but also from being able to watch people eating on television or looking at photos of food in magazines. It also meant TPN and g-tube feeding directly into of his stomach. Long term, that could mean liver failure.

Out of the hospital so he can grow up at home
PHS private-duty nurses, infusion therapists, dietitians and other highly trained in-home caregivers have given Joe’Von the opportunity to thrive where’s he’s most comfortable—at home.

So far, he’s doing great. With PHS nursing care 12 hours a day, six days a week, Joe’Von is slowly being weaned off TPN. He’s learned to walk, run and play, and even dances and does karate. He’s gaining weight and beginning to experiment with food—putting grapes in his mouth, though not yet eating them. It is hoped, however, that he’ll eat on his own someday and grow up like any other kid.

PHS is excited to have just wrapped up our newest TV commercial too, check it out! It’s so important for families to know they have a choice in their homecare company and PHS is always here to help bring your child home and keep them home. Given the choice, kids will always choose to thrive, and PHS makes that possible.

Have you seen the TV commercial air yet? What do you think?

The hunt is on with the kids from the Oley Foundation

Friday, July 8th, 2011

The Mall of America was taken over on Wednesday by Sharing Care volunteers and the kids from the Oley Foundation. Oley’s national conference was held in Bloomington, MN this year and PHS knew we had to be involved. We arranged for the kids to come to the Mall of America where we split into friendly (yet competitive) teams. Our mission was to take photos throughout the mall with various predetermined objects for points. The team with the most points at the end is the winner! We wrapped up the day with a trip to Sea Life MN before heading back to the conference.

PHSers had so much fun spending the day with the Oley kids! Check out some of our scavenger hunt pictures in the video below.

The Oley foundation was founded in 1983 by Lyn Howard, MD, and her patient Clarence “Oley”Oldenburg. The Oley Foundation is a resource for children and adults dependent upon home parenteral nutrition (HPN) where solutions are infused directly into the bloodstream via IV, and enteral nutrition (HEN) where formula is delivered by tube into the stomach or intestinal tract.