As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection falls to families

September 29, 2017

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Angela Cooper arrived home from work to discover her daughter’s temperature had spiked to 102 degrees – a sign that the teenager, who has cancer, had a potentially deadly bloodstream infection. As Cooper rushed her daughter to the hospital, her mind raced: Had she done something to cause the infection? Cooper, who works at a Chevy…

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  1. My Father had to take care of my Mother’s picc line at home & although he had a crash course training on how to do it…it’s quite a scary & dangerous responsibility.

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  2. True, I had a pic line and my daughter and I we’re responsible for cleaning.

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  3. I’m currently in this catagory! Temporary picc lines are meant to be temporary! The longest one has lasted for my husband is almost a full year (under my care)!!! He’s been on TPN since Jan.2015!

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  4. Hub is battling a uti and is now winning!

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  5. Husband got 2 nearly fatal infections through his pic line at rehab. Several infections while hospitalized. Zero at home, even with a pic line,

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  6. Yes, definitely better and longer training needed. I just heard we are getting a new type of ventilator and was told don’t worry you’ll get the same kind of training as you did originally… which frankly scared the pants off of me! Let me get the video camera set up. Thank goodness for youtube videos. As to infections, sometimes I think I wear gloves more for me than my brother, he picked up so many different infections from the hospital and rehabs he has been in.

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    • My brother is also on a vent..I was given 30 minutes of training without a patient or an actual vent working..just ran me through the circuit checking…in 4 years we now train the frikken hospital and doctors on how to care for him and his vent..scarey

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    • Melody Mundy yeah, I have made some enemies at the hospital amongst the respiratory therapists. Luckily bro hasn’t gone in in two years but first two years out of rehab was bad, many ER and hospital visits I think some due in part to my lack of training.

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  7. Its so hard sometimes when you have to treat several different things at once

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  8. You must be so careful for cross contamination

    Food and hygiene of both the patient and caregivers

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