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On 19th June 2015 our Trust was rated as 'requires improvement' by the CQC.
We have written detailed guidelines and action cards to support healthcare professionals involved in the management of patients with tunnelled intrathecal catheters. The full guidelines document can be downloaded here.
Individual action cards can be downloaded (and printed) from these links:
ESC Intrathecal prescription chart
ESC Information on pump
ESC1 intrathecal line insertion procedure
ESC2 nursing management of intrathecal lines
ESC3 troubleshooting loss of analgesia
ESC4 troubleshooting infection
ESC5 troubleshooting technical catheter problems
ESC6 troubleshooting numbness or weakness
ESC7 adding drugs to infusion lines and changing cassettes
ESC8 dressing and filter changes
ESC9 discharge procedures
Considerably more background information on intrathecal catheters and other interventional techniques for cancer pain is given in an article written by Dr de Courcy which can be accessed via this link.
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Pain Service Website, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustWebmaster Dr J G de Courcy, Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesiaemail: pain.webmaster[at]glos.nhs.uk
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