Homecare Encounters: An Organizational Response to Innovative Care for Patients Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation During COVID-19

JoAnn Liu

Deborah "Hutch" Allen

Martha Lassiter

Felicia Cao

Anthony D. Sung

Nelson J. Chao

hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, home care, home encounters, COVID-19
CJON 2021, 25(4), 457-464. DOI: 10.1188/21.CJON.457-464

Background: Healthcare delivery has been significantly changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) are vulnerable to infections because of their immunocompromised status. The risk of nosocomial infection may be reduced by providing care to patients at home.

Objectives: This article describes one cancer center’s approach for delivering safe patient care through homecare encounters, the benefits of home care for HSCT, and future directions.

Methods: Patients received detailed information on home encounters. Advanced practice providers visited patients daily and then returned to the clinic to formulate a plan of care with the interprofessional care team. Transplantation RNs visited patients on the same day to provide the prescribed care.

Findings: Based on evaluations from 32 patients and 12 providers, the results indicated that home care was safe, feasible, and beneficial for patient care post-HSCT during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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