BMT Day Care operates a self-care program in which patients learn to do as much of their own care as possible. This learning takes place under direct supervision of a nurse. This includes taking vital signs, Hickman® line care which may include drawing blood specimens from the Hickman® line and doing intravenous infusions of plain fluids. You or your caregiver will begin learning some of these skills either in Leukemia/BMT Day Care or in the Inpatient Unit.
Basic care of your Hickman® line will be taught to you if you will require it beyond one month after transplant. You or a family member/caregiver will need to learn to do flushing of the lines, cap changes and dressing changes before you are discharged. The sooner this learning begins, the more experienced and comfortable you will become.
In partnership with nursing care, self-care will allow you to be more involved in and in control of your health care as you recover.