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New home care IV clinics save patients time waiting in emergency

Home care will be offering enhanced services by introducing a home care clinic in Eriksdale and expanding the home care clinic in Stonewall. Interlake-Eastern RHA home care clients in these and the surrounding areas will be able to visit a home care clinic closer to home to receive home care nursing treatment daily as well as intravenous (IV) antibiotic therapy five days of the week.
Home care clinics give home care nursing clients who require advanced care the option to come to the clinic at an established time rather than wait at home for a nurse to come at an approximated time. Interlake-Eastern RHA already has home care clinics (that don’t offer IV therapy) in Gimli, Beausejour, Lac du Bonnet, Selkirk, Pine Falls, Oakbank and Whitemouth to address wound management and treatable conditions such as diabetic ulcers, surgical incisions, bed sores, etc. Hours vary at each home care clinic as home care nurses still need to invest time in home visit for patients who cannot attend a home care clinic.
Patients who need IV antibiotics currently have to attend the hospital emergency department everyday for up to ten days for their treatment. By giving patients access to IV antibiotics through a clinic setting, patients can make an appointment ahead of time instead of waiting to be seen in a busy emergency department. This also frees up emergency department staff to attend to patients who require life-saving care.
Interlake-Eastern RHA’s palliative and home care nursing clinical team manager, Tammie-Lee Rogowski explains whom these clinics benefit most.

“These clinics benefit home care clients who require regular assistance from a home care nurse and who are able to get to a clinic,” says Rogowski. “The home care clinics save our clients time as they do not have to wait nearly as long as they would at home. We are pleased to be able to extend that service to clients needing IV antibiotics.”

The Eriksdale home care clinic opened January 6, 2019 and will provide IV antibiotic treatments Friday to Tuesday. The Stonewall home care clinic is anticipated to open at the end of January and will provide IV antibiotic treatments Monday to Friday. Nurses at these clinics will also address wound management and other treatable conditions.

Home care clients can contact their case coordinator for more information.


IV home care clinic in Eriksdale team photo: From left to right (standing) : Tammie-Lee Rogowski (home care nursing and wound care manager), Kathy Janke (home care RN), Kristina Johnson (home care case coordinator), Cynthia Wirgau (home care LPN) and sitting is Nancy Muller (home care manager).


IV clinic in Stonewall

Staff include (l-r): Angie McGuirk; pharmacist, Sherry Buors; case coordinator, Sharon Rempel; Stonewall CRN, Kim Mushaluk; RN, Tanya Meikle; Home Care RN, Megan Deprez; home care nurse, Ashley Ennis; RN, Lisa Taplin; RN, front row: Karen Wood; regional manager home care and hospital home program, Michelle Loehmer; case coordinator and Erin Fontaine-Walsh; RN and case coordinator.

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