What Do You Know About Home Infusion Pharmacy? Trivia Quiz

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What do you know about home infusion therapy? Home infusion therapy involves the intravenous administration of drugs or biologicals to a person at their abode. The components necessary to perform home infusion include the medication, equipment, and supplies. Infusion therapy is usually given to treat serious illnesses or chronic infections that do not respond to standard antibiotics. This quiz will assist you see what you know about home infusion pharmacy.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Home infusion pharmacy refers to all of the following route of administration EXCEPT:

    • A.

      Through a needle

    • B.

      Through a catheter

    • C.

      Oral

    • D.

      Intravenous

    • E.

      Intramuscular

    Correct Answer
    C. Oral
    Explanation
    Home infusion pharmacy refers to the administration of medications or fluids directly into the bloodstream or tissues through a needle, catheter, intravenous, or intramuscular routes. However, it does not include the oral route, which involves taking medications by mouth. This is because the oral route bypasses the need for needles or catheters and allows for the medication to be absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract.

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  • 2. 

    The goal of home infusion is to teach patients and caregivers to be independent in the administration of the medications. Therefore, home infusion nurses visit the patient initially, instruct on sterile technique, and only return when there is a new medication to needs to be started.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement contradicts itself. It states that the goal of home infusion is to teach patients and caregivers to be independent in medication administration, but then says that home infusion nurses visit the patient initially and return when there is a new medication to be started. This implies that the patients and caregivers are not independent and still rely on the nurses for medication administration. Therefore, the correct answer is false.

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  • 3. 

    Home infusion referrals must have all of the following EXCEPT:

    • A.

      Patients must have more than 5 medications to be administered at home

    • B.

      Patients must be able to learn therapy

    • C.

      Patients must have a home nursing agency

    • D.

      Patients must have a pending insurance approval

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Patients must have more than 5 medications to be administered at home
    Explanation
    Patients must have more than 5 medications to be administered at home is not a requirement for home infusion referrals. The other options are all necessary for home infusion referrals: patients must be able to learn therapy, patients must have a home nursing agency, and patients must have a pending insurance approval.

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  • 4. 

    A new referral patient has an order for Nafcillin 2 grams IV Q4h. After reviewing the order for dose, allergies, and IV access, the pharmacist is concerned about administering a dose every 4 hours. What is the best solution for this patient who is leaving for home from the medical center?

    • A.

      Convert patient to PO dosing

    • B.

      Have the home infusion nurse visit every 4 hours

    • C.

      Teach the patient how to administer the dose every 4 hours

    • D.

      Ambulatory infusion pump programmed for every 4 hours

    Correct Answer
    D. Ambulatory infusion pump programmed for every 4 hours
    Explanation
    The pharmacist is concerned about administering a dose of Nafcillin every 4 hours because the patient is leaving the medical center. The best solution in this situation would be to use an ambulatory infusion pump programmed for every 4 hours. This would allow the patient to receive the medication continuously while at home, without the need for a nurse to visit or for the patient to administer the dose themselves. The ambulatory infusion pump can be set to deliver the medication at the prescribed intervals, ensuring that the patient receives the appropriate dose without any inconvenience or risk of error.

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  • 5. 

    The elastomeric is a device in which medication fills the balloon and the patient connects to the tubing and the balloon compresses. The only con of such home infusion device is:

    • A.

      Children cannot use the elastomeric

    • B.

      Flow rate are not exact

    • C.

      Contamination of the balloon is very likely

    • D.

      Administration via the connected tube is difficult to learn

    • E.

      The elastomeric not disposable and constantly needs upkeep

    Correct Answer
    B. Flow rate are not exact
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that the flow rates are not exact. This means that the device may not deliver the medication at a consistent and precise rate, which can be a disadvantage in terms of ensuring proper dosing and treatment.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following home infusion methods allows the pharmacy to attach a vial to the bag without mixing the contents and the patient mixes the bad at the time of administration?

    • A.

      IVPB

    • B.

      IV-Push

    • C.

      Pole mounted pumped

    • D.

      Minibag-Plus

    • E.

      All of the above is prepared as described.

    Correct Answer
    D. Minibag-Plus
    Explanation
    Minibag-Plus is the correct answer because it is a home infusion method that allows the pharmacy to attach a vial to the bag without mixing the contents. The patient then mixes the bag at the time of administration. This method is commonly used for medications that need to be mixed just prior to administration to maintain their potency and stability.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following is NOT an IV access device?

    • A.

      Central catheter

    • B.

      Implanted ports

    • C.

      Peripherally inserted central catheters

    • D.

      Peripheral IV lines

    • E.

      All of the above are IV access devices.

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above are IV access devices.
    Explanation
    All of the options listed in the question are IV access devices. A central catheter, implanted ports, peripherally inserted central catheters, and peripheral IV lines are all used to access the bloodstream for the administration of fluids, medications, or blood products. Therefore, none of the options are excluded as an IV access device.

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  • 8. 

    A patient pathway or plan of care is a document created by the pharmacy to plan the course of treatment for the patient to assure positive outcomes for the therapy. Which of the following is NOT included in the patient pathway/plan of care?

    • A.

      Directions on how to administer medications

    • B.

      Potential problems

    • C.

      Interventions to monitor potential problems

    • D.

      Goals for the course of therapy

    • E.

      All of the above are included in the plan of care.

    Correct Answer
    A. Directions on how to administer medications
    Explanation
    The patient pathway/plan of care includes potential problems, interventions to monitor potential problems, and goals for the course of therapy. However, directions on how to administer medications are typically not included in the plan of care as they are usually provided separately, such as on medication labels or in patient education materials.

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  • 9. 

    Medication profiles for patients are generally received once a patient is discharged from the hospital. The home infusion nurse reconciles the med list and forwards it to the pharmacy for review. Med profiles are updated via the patient interview once a week. How often are full med review performed by pharmacist?

    • A.

      During the once weekly med update

    • B.

      Every 30 days

    • C.

      Every 60 days

    • D.

      When there is a change in the med list

    Correct Answer
    C. Every 60 days
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Every 60 days. This is because the question states that medication profiles are updated via the patient interview once a week. Therefore, a full medication review by the pharmacist would not be necessary during the weekly update. Instead, a full medication review by the pharmacist is performed every 60 days, likely to ensure that the patient's medication regimen is still appropriate and effective.

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  • 10. 

    TPN goals are set for each specific patient based on certain parameters. Which of the following is NOT a parameter that determines the TPN goals?

    • A.

      Electrolyte imbalance

    • B.

      Weight gain of # lbs by x days

    • C.

      Prealbumin goal

    • D.

      Caloric goals

    • E.

      Hydration status

    Correct Answer
    A. Electrolyte imbalance
    Explanation
    Electrolyte imbalance is not a parameter that determines TPN goals. TPN goals are set based on factors such as weight gain, prealbumin goal, caloric goals, and hydration status. Electrolyte imbalance, although important to consider in patient care, is not directly related to determining TPN goals.

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  • 11. 

    There are two types of home infusion pharmacy technicians. Which kind of pharmacy technician will perform the following duties? CPhT degree, calls patient weekly for refill/delivery, screen patients for progress with therapy, obtain lab values for pharmacist?

    • A.

      Patient Service Representative

    • B.

      Compounding Pharmacy Technician

    Correct Answer
    A. Patient Service Representative
    Explanation
    A Patient Service Representative is the type of pharmacy technician who will perform the mentioned duties. The CPhT degree indicates that this technician has received certification and is qualified to work in a pharmacy setting. Calling patients weekly for refill or delivery indicates that they are responsible for ensuring that patients receive their medications on time. Screening patients for progress with therapy shows that they are involved in monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of the treatment. Obtaining lab values for the pharmacist suggests that they assist in gathering necessary information for medication management.

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  • 12. 

    An ambulatory infusion center is available to patients for which of the following reasons?

    • A.

      Patients or caretakers who cannot learn how to administer medication

    • B.

      Patients who have short-interval dosing of medications

    • C.

      Patients who require a nurse or physician to monitor throughout the infusion

    • D.

      Patients who receive more than 1 medication infusion in a day

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Patients who require a nurse or physician to monitor throughout the infusion
    Explanation
    An ambulatory infusion center is available to patients who require a nurse or physician to monitor throughout the infusion. This means that patients who need constant medical supervision during their infusion can go to the center to receive their treatment. This could be due to the complexity of the medication or the patient's medical condition, which requires close monitoring by healthcare professionals to ensure safety and effectiveness of the infusion process.

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