Saving the trip for Alex
Alex lives with his adult son Peter, who has moved home to care for his father. Along with his cancer diagnosis, Alex suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease which requires continuous oxygen therapy and use of a walking aid. With the deterioration of his general condition, Alex requires assistance with his daily activities.
Alex is aware that cure is not possible, however he is actively seeking treatment that may halt the progression of his cancer and reduce the impact of his symptoms. His oncologist has prescribed him weekly chemotherapy – Roswell Park Regime.
The logistics of getting to hospital for weekly treatments are considerable and Alex and his son welcomed the opportunity to have his chemotherapy at home with Healthcare at Home.
Each week on arrival at Alex’s home, the HaH nurse completes a comprehensive assessment of Alex. During one visit, Alex was quite unwell. He had not been eating and drinking during the past few days due to persistent nausea and he was very tired. The nurse phoned his consultant and reviewed the treatment plan. As agreed to by the patients Dr the HaH nurse withheld the chemotherapy and administered IV hydration and anti-emetic therapy to Alex at home. Whilst administering the intravenous rehydration and anti-emetics, the nurse educated Alex and Peter about ways to prevent further nausea and dehydration.
Under normal circumstances this would have required a hospital admission.