When a competing home infusion company abruptly stopped servicing intrathecal pump patients in our service territory, Infusion Solutions stepped up to provide this care. We completed the training and are now ready to lend a hand to those that can benefit.
If you or anyone you know has such a pump, please reach out to us for assistance with managing the refills in the comfort of your own home. Our nurses will come to your home and complete a patient assessment. They can then access, interrogate, refill, and/or reprogram the pump according to physician orders.
If you are unaware of intracthecal pumps and would like to learn more, please read on. We are happy to be able to provide this service to this group of patients!
INFO ON INTRATHECAL PUMPS
The fluid filled space around your spinal cord is called the intrathecal space. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flows through this area, bathing and protecting your brain and spinal cord. An intrathecal drug pump works much more efficiently than oral medication because it delivers medicine directly into the CSF, bypassing the path that oral medication takes through your body. You generally need about 1/300 the amount of medication with a pump than when taken orally.
The pump is a round metal device about the size of a hockey puck that is surgically implanted beneath the skin of your abdomen. A small plastic tube, called a catheter, is surgically placed in the intrathecal space of the spine and is connected to the pump. A space inside the pump called the reservoir holds the medication. Some of the commom medications utilized are morphine, ziconitide, and baclofen.
In general, these pumps are used to better control either pain or muscle spasticity. Patients with cancer, failed back surgeries, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy (among other conditions) may benefit from these intrathecal pumps. They can experience a great improvement in their quality of life, and be better able to function in their daily activities.