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Order - Augmented caring@home package for carers

To assist clinical service providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, caring@home have produced augmented  caring@home packages for carers. These include an Emergency COVID-19 pack to support home-based care and help limit risks of community COVID-19 transmission. These packages are funded by the Australian Government.

The factsheet (525kb pdf) provides further information.
 

Augmented package components

These packages are available free-of-charge and include: (detailed inclusions can be viewed at the bottom of this page)

  1. Regular caring@home package for carers
  2. Emergency COVID-19 packs
  • Printed step-by-step guides and videos for carers:
    - Inserting a subcutaneous cannula
    - Giving a subcutaneous injection
  • Printed information sheets for carers and service providers
  • A starter pack of clinical items to enable:
    - Health professionals to teach a volunteer carer
    - Volunteer carers to practise
     

caringathome package for carers  step by step guides  +USBInformation sheets  +clinical pack


When can these augmented packages be used?

  • These packs are for use when clinicians are unable to insert subcutaneous cannulas in home-based palliative care patients, for example if adequate PPE is not available
  • The Emergency COVID-19 packs:
    • have been produced specifically for use during the COVID-19 pandemic
    • can be easily removed, and the remaining 'regular' package used for patients not at risk, or diagnosed with COVID-19.

       

 pdf version of Resources Order Form (593kb)

 

 

Resources order form

 

Components - Augmented caring@home package for carers

Item Description

caring@home package for carers - This package contains resources for carers. It can be used to facilitate one-on-one training by nurses to carers who are helping to manage breakthrough symptoms safely using subcutaneous medicines. 

A practical handbook for carers: Helping to manage breakthrough symptoms safely using subcutaneous medicines  The handbook provides written and pictorial material with all the information the carer needs to help manage breakthrough symptoms safely using subcutaneous medicines. 
Writing a label, opening an ampoule and drawing up medicine: A step-by-step guide  This illustrated guide explains how to label a syringe correctly, open an ampoule and draw up medicine using a step-by-step approach.
Giving medicine using a subcutaneous cannula: A step-by-step guide  This illustrated guide explains how to give medicine through a subcutaneous cannula using a step-by-step approach. 
Medicines diary The medicines diary is for carers to record all the subcutaneous medicines that are given. 
Symptoms and medicines: Colour-coded fridge chart  A visual chart to list the medicines prescribed and the breakthrough symptoms that they treat. A space is included to add another medicine for another symptom, if required. 
A practice demonstration kit The demonstration kit is used to practise giving medicines through a subcutaneous cannula. 
Sharps container  This is an approved container for disposal of needles and glass ampoules. 
Short training videos for carers  Videos are available that show how to do each step when giving a subcutaneous medicine.
These videos will either be contained on a USB stick in the carers package OR you will need to download them. Videos can be viewed or downloaded from caringathomeproject.com.au/training videos
 caring@home resources for nurses
Information brochure for carers  Nurses can use this brochure to introduce the carer to how they can help to manage breakthrough symptoms safely using subcutaneous medicines. 
One-on-one training checklist and carer post-training competency assessment  This checklist is used to guide the one-on-one training session with the carer, and to check carer competency after the training session. 
Syringe labels  The syringe labels are pre-printed and colour-coded for eight (8) commonly-used palliative care symptom management medicines. Blank labels are included in case other medicines are prescribed. 

 

Emergency COVID-19 pack components - Education for carers
Information for carers: Helping to provide palliative care for a person at home during the COVID-19 pandemic  This one-page information sheet explains to carers why they need to insert a cannula. 
Video: Inserting a subcutaneous cannula  The video clearly shows each step in the process of inserting a subcutaneous cannula into a person.
Inserting a subcutaneous cannula: A step-by-step guide  This illustrated guide explains how to insert a subcutaneous cannula using a step-by-step approach. 
Video: Giving a subcutaneous injection The video clearly shows each step in the process of giving a subcutaneous injection to a person. 
Giving a subcutaneous injection: A step-by-step guide  This illustrated guide explains how to give a subcutaneous injection using a step-by-step approach. 

 

Emergency COVID-19 pack components - Clinical items
Item Number Function
Subcutaneous cannula  2 One can be used by the carer to practise using with the foam dressing.
Waterproof transparent dressing  2 One can be used by the carer to practise covering the subcutaneous cannula to secure it in place.
Smart-valve connector (needle-free connector)  2 One can be used by the carer when practising with the cannula.
Foam dressing  1 It can be used by the carer when practising with the cannula.
Combi stoppers (syringe caps)  4  
Blunt drawing-up needles 3  
Luer-lock syringes - 1mL and 3mL 15  
Alcohol wipes  6  
Subcutaneous needles - 25 gauge  3  

 

 

Page last updated 11 August 2020