- Intravenous antibiotic therapy should be carried out in a safe manner, respecting the quantity and frequency of prescribed doses. Your child should not miss prescribed doses of the medication.
- The steps in the method below may serve as a guide; speak to your healthcare team about the specific equipment that your child uses.
- To prevent contamination and transmission of bacteria:
- limit the number of people present during medication administration to yourself, your child and a helper, if needed.
- no animals (eg, dog, cat) should be in the same room as you.
- do not cough or blow on the materials, equipment or on the work surface.
- Preservation of medication:
- Keep elastomeric infusion pumps in a refrigerator in a drawer, container or closed bag, away from food.
- Remove the medication and place it on a clean surface one hour before use (or according to the time specified by your pharmacy) so that it will be at room temperature for administration.
- Do not immerse the antibiotic container in hot water and do not put it in the microwave oven to warm it more quickly.
- Good handwashing is essential before and after providing care.
- Optimize your child’s comfort during care with appropriate positioning and the use of distraction.
The antibiotic doses are given at the frequency prescribed by the doctor.
- Disinfection pads (eg, chlorehexidine 2% and 70% alcohol)
- At least 2 syringes with sterile saline solution (pre-filled by the pharmacy) at room temperature
- Pump elastomeric infusion (prepared by the pharmacy) at room temperature
- Equipment for transporting the pump (eg, backpack)
- Lock solution syringe (prefilled by the pharmacy) at room temperature (if required)
Refer to your healthcare team if the material used or the sequence of steps taught is different from what is described in the method of care.