Reply To: Sending patients home with their mediports accessed

  • Patricia Conlon

    February 1, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    We routinely do this too (send patients home accessed when needed). We occasionally teach families how to deaccess or they are deaccessed at the clinic when therapy is completed.



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    Original Message:
    Sent: 2/1/2022 10:21:00 AM
    From: Lauren Wendt
    Subject: RE: Sending patients home with their mediports accessed

    Hi Stephanie,
    I am unaware of any Joint Commission standards for sending patient’s home accessed. We do that routinely in our outpatient clinic. Most of our kids have home care in case anything is needed or will come back to clinic the next day. We teach our parents how to flush the port in case fluids/medications are finished before they return to clinic.

    Hope that helps,

    Lauren Wendt
    Administrative Nurse Manager
    Childrens Hospital of Montefiore
    Bronx, NY
    Original Message:
    Sent: 02-01-2022 09:09 AM
    From: Stephanie Dellagiovanna
    Subject: Sending patients home with their mediports accessed

    Hello everyone,

    I am a Pediatric Hem-Onc Nurse on Long Island. We currently send patient’s home accessed when we know they will be getting treatment either at home (home antibiotics) or in clinic the next day (week long ara-c or transfusions). Do you have any policies regarding sending patients home accessed? Are you aware of any Joint Commission standards regarding this?

    Thanks in advance

    Stephanie Dellagiovanna, RN
    Rockville Centre, NY
    United States