Home care for children following haematopoietic stem cell transplantation

M. Miano, L. Manfredini, A. Garaventa, S. Fieramosca, R. Tanasini, G. Morreale, C. Manzitti, G. Dini

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Abstract

The quality of life of patients who undergo haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is affected by long periods of hospitalisation for the treatment of several complications. On this basis, 28 children who underwent 29 HSCTs were included in the Home Care (HC) programme of the Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Department of the Gaslini Children's Hospital to be discharged earlier. A total of 17 children were assisted for haematologic follow-up and support therapy administration. The remaining children were followed up for graft-versus-host disease and/or cytomegalovirus infection. Overall activity consisted of 1232 i.v. therapies, 501 blood tests, 58 red blood cell or platelet transfusions, 107 procedures on Central Venous Catheter. Median duration of the assistance per child was 25 days (range 1-235) for a total of 1598 days. A total of 822 accesses at home replaced 459 and 363 out-patient and in-patient days of hospitalisation. The average cost per patient receiving HC (€4252) was significantly lower (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-610
Number of pages4
JournalBone Marrow Transplantation
Volume31
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003

Keywords

  • Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation
  • Home care
  • Paediatric haematology and oncology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Transplantation

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