Infusion Boot Camp Teaches Hemophilia Patients How to Perform Their Own Infusions
Program is the first of its kind in any hemophilia center in the country
Phoenix, Ariz. – Hemophilia is one of several blood clotting disorders that is inherited which causes prolonged bleeding. There are no cures for bleeding disorders. They are, however, treatable; and with good medical care, a person with a bleeding disorder can look forward to a typical life into adulthood. Most of these children with hemophilia begin learning how to give their own infusion when they begin to attend Camp Honor, a summer camp for children within the bleeding disorder community. Many are successful in learning how to do this, but then do not continue to do so throughout the year on a consistent basis. Becky Garcia, a nurse at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, developed a program, Infusion Boot Camp, to continue working with this group of children after camp is over. The program is the first of its kind in any hemophilia and thrombosis center in the country. Recently the program has obtained $60,000 in grant funding to support base hospital operations. This program is offered twice a year to all eligible children and lasts for about 12 weeks. Becky Garcia is also the winner of Phoenix Children’s Nurse Of The Year Award, which was announced on May 12, 2016.
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Phoenix Children’s Hospital is Arizona’s only children’s hospital that is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals. Phoenix Children's provides world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. As one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, Phoenix Children’s provides care across more than 75 pediatric specialties. The Hospital is poised for continued growth in quality patient care, research and medical education.