Sentara Home Care Services offers the Curlin infusion pump, which has the advantage of offering five different modalities. In addition, the pump allows clinicians to program a delay. For example, a home health nurse can go to a patient's home at 5 p.m. and set the pump to begin IV therapy five hours later.
The Curlin pump also has the capability to provide history retrieval and line pressure monitoring. With the Curlin pump, no IV poles are necessary. Patients put their IV pump in a fanny pack or backpack and wear it 24/7. Nurses go out periodically to change the bag, and some patients can be taught to change the bags themselves. The Curlin pump demonstrates how far home care services have come in maximizing patient convenience. SynchroMed Medtronic Pump
For terminal patients and those with chronic pain, intrathecal or epidural infusion therapy
is used through a SynchroMed Medtronic pump and hand-held programmer. The pump, which is surgically implanted by an anesthesiologist, holds a certain dosage of medication inside the body. It is then administered by one of several home care registered nurses, who have undergone extensive training with SynchroMed.
No other home care agency in the region offers this therapy. The simple but very significant advantage of this particular therapy is that patients who are immobile, like those with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries, don't have to find a way to get to the pain clinic to have their pump refilled.