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Series Medications/Chemo Therapy
Series Medications/Chemotherapy in Ambulatory Care Unit
What is a series patient?
A patient whose doctor has prescribed serial therapeutic medications to be administered by the Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) nurses.
First visit patient can expect:
Physical exam and questionnaire.Complete set of vital signs.
Patient will need to provide complete lists of current medications
Name, dose, how taken, Last dose taken, date and time taken
Laboratory studies will be performed and fax’d to ordering physician and/or pharmacy.
IV may need to be started for the medications to be administered
Medications may be ordered to be given as many times a day as doctor recommends.
Administering of therapeutic medications:
You should arrive a few minutes prior to the scheduled dose.After you complete your admission you will report to the ACU unit, vital signs will be taken and medication dose will be started.
After each medication dose is administered your IV will be flushed and the site covered to protect.
The ACU staff will changes dressings as needed at time of visit.
You may bring food, drinks, books, and laptops, with you to help pass the time
You may bring one visitor with you that is fifteen years of age or older.
TV’s with remotes and warm blankets will be provided.
What is not provided?
Series patients will not be seen by a physician during series medication visits.If you need to see a doctor you will need to check into ED before or after your scheduled dose.
The ACU nursing staff is only allowed to administer the series medication that is ordered.