Continue subcutane infusie in de palliatieve zorg, een ondergewaardeerde methode

Translated title of the contribution: Continuous subcutaneous infusion in palliative care, an undervalued method

R. J. Van Marum*, E. M. De Vogel, Z. Zylicz

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Three patients, 2 men aged 55 and 54 years and a woman aged 86 years, were admitted to hospital for treatment of symptoms resulting from terminal disease (pain, agitation, nausea etc.). In all three patients, continuous subcutaneous infusion (CSI) of medication was successfully used to control the symptoms. Compared with intravenous infusion, the technique of CSI is easy to learn and is associated with fewer complications. Its reliability and ease-of-use make it a technique that can be used not only in a hospital setting, but also in general practice and nursing homes. Medication used in palliative care (e.g. morphine, haloperidol, metoclopramide, levomepromazine, midazolam) can often be administered safely by CSI. In palliative care, where goals should be accomplished with minimal burden to the patient, CSI must be considered the technique of choice in patients who are unable to swallow their medication.

Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)2221-2224
Number of pages4
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Volume146
Issue number47
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2002

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