Although the actual insertion of the LINQ takes all of about 30 seconds, the workup to the procedure takes much more effort. If you are going to take your client in, there are several things you must be aware of.
First, when you arrive at the hospital, you will have to get your client all checked in and insurance all verified. From there, your client will be taken back to a prep room where they will be equipped with an IV line, get EKG pads put on and a blood pressure cuff attached. Once they are all set there, you will be asked to join them.
You will most likely wait at least an hour before the procedure actually begins. Many pieces of information will be verified during this time and your clients will meet with nurses, the doctor and various other individuals that work at the hospital.
Once they are taken back to the procedure room, this is what will happen:
- Their gown will be stripped down to their waist.
- Plastic sheets will be adhered on their stomach and over their breasts.
- The rest of the skin will be cleaned with iodine.
- Then the plastic sheets will be covered with blue adhesive sheets.
- A fourth blue sheet will be placed over your clients’ face to avoid blood from spurting into their mouth or eyes as the insertion is done.
- The antibiotics will be pushed through the IV line.
- The doctor will insert a needle filled with a numbing agent between the fourth and fifth ribs in order to numb the area where the device will go. The slower the drug is pushed, the easier it is on the patient.
- Once the area has been numbed, a plastic-type needle is inserted. The patient will feel some pressure and then hear the device being pushed in.
- That’s it. The procedure is over except for making certain that the antibiotics are completed.
If you realize all of this, it will be easier for you to help your client. This is big in showing your client that With Age Comes Respect.