Prior to implantation

Preparations before implantation of an indwelling catheter

A good practice is to always contact your representative at ewimed when you have scheduled a date for implantation of an indwelling catheter. Of course, we help with planning, implant training, and on-site implant support. In addition, it is good to consider the following:

  • Send information to the referrer if the patient is coming from another unit. Communicate so that it is clear that there must be plenty of fluid in the abdomen/pleura for you to be able to insert the catheter. If the patient has a disposable catheter, it should be removed a few days before the procedure.
  • Inform the patient and pass on our brochure, see Information for the patient.
  • If the patient remains in the hospital after implantation: make sure that the responsible staff has the knowledge and materials to drain the patient. Contact us if you have training needs.
  • It is important to know who is going to do the drainage in your home and that they have the knowledge. Get in touch with us if there are training needs.
  • Make sure you have the necessary materials for a catheter insertion, see our leaflet’s information for doctors and healthcare professionals.
  • Is the patient on blood-thinning medication? In this case, contact a doctor to check whether it should be applied a few days before the operation.

Preparations for implantation

  • Pre-operative testing, such as blood work.
  • Hygiene preparations, e.g. double shower the night before and during surgery, etc. Please contact us for more information.
  • Possibly. medication before the procedure.
  • The procedure is performed under sterile conditions. To minimise the risk of infection, staff should wear a cap and mouthguard in the procedure room. The operator and assisting staff must be sterile dressed with gown and gloves. We recommend an additional person who is not sterile.
  • Keep in mind that a lot of fluid may leak out during the procedure. Place an absorbent cloth under the patient, or alternatively place a sterile collection bag on top of the sterile garment.

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