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Ambulatory chemotherapy offers many advantages from supporting a closer to home treatment approach to lowering the cost of care. Ambulatory devices such as elastomeric pumps can deliver prolonged infusions of a variety of chemotherapy agents. Elastomeric pumps are preferred by the patients, as they get them connected at the hospital or cancer centres, then go back home where they can have visits from the district nursing team. This minimises disruption to carers and families. Despite all the advantages, experiments carried out by the authors and others in the literature showed that the performance of these pumps varied depending on the temperature and/or viscosity of the diluent. Interestingly, a two-phase study that was carried out to observe and evaluate patients receiving ambulatory chemotherapy concluded that in 50% of the observed cases the infusion pump did not finish on time. This disrupted the patients' treatment schedule and, in some cases, resulted in sub-therapeutic dosing.
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Name: British journal of community nursing
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Drug treatment designed to further diminish the disease toward complete remission following INDUCTION CHEMOTHERAPY. It helps to consolidate the gains during induction chemotherapy and may be followed by MAINTENANCE CHEMOTHERAPY.
Nursing care given to an individual in the home. The care may be provided by a family member or a friend. Home nursing as care by a non-professional is differentiated from HOME CARE SERVICES provided by professionals: visiting nurse, home health agencies, hospital, or other organized community group.
A nursing specialty in which skilled nursing care is provided to patients in their homes by registered or licensed practical NURSES. Home health nursing differs from HOME NURSING in that home health nurses are licensed professionals, while home nursing involves non-professional caregivers.
Treatment designed to help prevent a relapse of a disease following the successful primary treatments (INDUCTION CHEMOTHERAPY and CONSOLIDATION CHEMOTHERAPY) with a long-term low-dose drug therapy.
Public or private organizations that provide, either directly or through arrangements with other organizations, home health services in the patient's home. (Hospital Administration Terminology, 2d ed)
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