Be Prepared When Patients Are Admitted With an Intrathecal Pump
You'll be asked how to handle intrathecal pumps during transitions of care.
These pumps, typically implanted in the abdomen, deliver meds into the spinal fluid. This allows for small doses, reducing side effect risk.
Expect to see pumps that use baclofen (Lioresal Intrathecal) for spasticity related to cerebral palsy or other conditions...or morphine (Infumorph) or the non-opioid ziconotide (Prialt) for chronic pain.