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Re: [IP] What to do with pump in hospital



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Mon, 10 Mar 2003 12:32:01 -0800

> Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 11:35:15 -0800
> From: "Sarah Jones" <email @ redacted>
> Subject: [IP] What to do with pump in hospital
> 
> I need some advice from experienced pumpers.  I've had a hemmorhage in my eye
 > and I may need to have surgery. I'm not sure what the retinal specialist will
> want to do. If I go into the hospital and must take my pump off what should I
> do with it?  I thought maybe it should be put in the hospital safe with my
> other valuables  (there's no one to go with me and take charge of it)  Any
> ideas?
> Thanks.  Sarah Jones

It obviously will depend on the hospital and its staff, but a few years ago I
had some surgeries (including an amputation, which I would classify as
"serious") and the hospital  agreed to let me keep the pump on: the prep nurses
simply taped it to my belly with some sort of "stick anywhere forever" tape
(taking it off: ouch!).  Of course you will want to consult the surgeon and the
anesthesiologist about basals etc...

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