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Patti Atteberry
Epidural pain management in the home

Is anyone willing to share the epidural protocol for home care.  I am specifcally looking to determine a length of time a patient should be a controlled setting with a intraspinal infusion prior to admission into homecare.  Our policy currently states 24 hours, this seems reasonable due to subacute overdose, etc but I am unable to find any documentation to support this (the policy is a few years old).  We have several physicians that are requesting they put the line in outpatient and send them home.  I would like to hear what others are doing.

Thank you