Discharge for Stem Cell Transplant Patients
Before a stem cell transplant patient is discharged from Phoenix Children's Hospital, the patient and family must be prepared to take over care.
The following must be met before discharge:
- The patient and/or caregiver demonstrates proper care of their central line.
- The patient drinks adequate amounts of fluid for their body size.
- The patient and/or caregiver knows signs of infection and the patient has no signs of infection for several days.
- The patient takes their medications as ordered.
- Blood counts are at an acceptable level (ANC >500).
- The patient has no active infections.
Often, the caregivers give medications and assume care of the patient for a few days before discharge under the supervision of the staff. This helps the caregiver become more comfortable with the care needed for the patient after discharge.
Please contact us if you have questions about antibiotics, other medications or anything else related to the stem cell transplant process.