Home Infusions cut hospital stay and bills

Being in the hospital is not much fun for more people, but it can be downright scary for a child.

When 7-year-old Aidan Nagy of Osceola went into Elkhart General Hospital just before Christmas his parents thought he would be hospitalized for a long time.

But Elkhart General's Home Care Infusion program got him home in just a week.

Aidan's mom, Leah, explains her son went into the hospital with a strange form of pneumonia, "Aidan was taken into the hospital after several fever spikes and a spot on his lung. I guess they were calling it an absess on his lung>"

The Nagy's were told Aidan would need to be hooked up to IV antibiotics for weeks and were surprised to hear Elkhart General had a program that would allow Aidan to get his IV treatments at home.
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Before leaving the hospital a picc line was put into Aidan's arm and home care nurses came into the Nagy home to show Leah how to give Aidan the same treatment he was getting in the hospital twice a day.

Care Transition Nurse Peggy Gonyon says the home program has made a big difference for families, explaining how things have changed over the years, " If they had to have long term infusions they'd have to stay in the hospital maybe for the whole six weeks. Now we can put the picc line in and teach them to do infusions at home and then people can continue to work and their lives aren't disrupted by antibiotic therapy."

Peggy says once the caregiver is confident they can handle the infusions, a nurse comes back just once a week to change the dressing and check on the patient.

And she says the infusions can be used for more than antibiotics. "We have chemotherapy we can do in a home setting now. All sorts of infusions, anything that usually can go into an IV can be done in the home setting."

Leah says having Aidan home instead of hospitalized made all the difference for their family, "It was very nice to get him home after a week in the hospital."

Aidan says he has no pain but was a little surprised he first time the nurse changed his dressing, "They took this napkin off from the underneath and then I realized there was a tube in me and then I pretty much freaked out half to death. But now I am okay with it."

Another benefit, the treatment is portable and Aidan can play video games and foosball and is even back to school. Getting the IV treatment he needed, all in the comfort of home.
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Elkhart General's Home Infusion Program is usually covered by insurance and is more cost effective than keeping people in the hospital. The infection rate is also much lower.

The program serves eight Indiana counties and also serves adults and seniors. For more information you can go to this link:

Elkhart General Home Infusion:

http://www.egh.org/healthcare_services/home_care/home_infusion_therapy/
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Leah and Aidan are also taking part in Memorial Hospital's Hearts of Gold Walk coming up February 4th at University Park Mall in Mishawaka. All proceeds benefits Memorial Children's Hospital.
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Newcenter 16's Maureen McFadden is hosting the event, along with longtime Pediatrician, Dr. Robert Sweeney.

Since the walk is indoors, Memorial is encouraging families and individuals to take place. And there are great door prizes.

For more information on Memorial's Hearts of Gold Walk we have a link below:

http://www.heartsofgoldwalk.org/
574-647-1801


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