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POLICY FOR ISSUE / RETRIEVAL OF SYRINGE DRIVERS – RURAL & REMOTE TOP END TERRITORY PALLIATIVE CARE (TPC)

Syringe Drivers are available on a loan basis, for use with TPC clients in regional and remote communities of the Top End Northern Territory.   We use the Niki T34

Each Syringe Driver has a TPC pump number, with allocated locked box and bag.

  • The locked boxes MUST be used, and are issued with a key to be kept with healthcare staff
  • The Syringe Driver must be kept in the bag all times during use and after use.

Allocation of Syringe Driver to client

Contact the palliative care case manager for the client, who will liaise directly with the service provider about the logistics of delivery.  A SMALL number of consumables will be provided, including extension lines and Intima subcutaneous lines.  An instruction sheet on the setup and operating procedures will also be included with the syringe driver.  Please contact the case manager if needing assistance with setup or troubleshooting.  The contact number for URGENT issues that may arise overnight or A/H’s will be included in the delivered package.

Our medical team are also contactable to provide specialist advice on scripts for the syringe driver, specific for the client’s condition and symptoms.

Retrieval of Syringe Driver from community

TPC aim to support the provision of this resource across the Top End, as needed, and in a timely manner. Due to the limited number of syringe drivers we have to loan, we would appreciate the prompt return of the unit when no longer in use.

Please liaise with the client’s case manager to coordinate the timeliest return of the driver (including the locked box, key and bag).  This often involves people travelling to Darwin from community acting as a courier, then TPC staff can retrieve from a pre-arranged location.

Below is the online training link for the Niki T34  and see also “how to use syringe driver” on this website

http://www.mckinleymed.co.uk/online-training/

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