Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

Learn how an agency cut costs and improved patient care by implementing the Macy Catheter®.

When Ohio’s Hospice received notice that they had only four days’ supply of injectable medications remaining, they responded to the crisis by implementing the Macy Catheter.

What was first intended to be a short term solution became a standard of practice.

Dr. Wendy Schmitz, MD, Vice President of Medical Care at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, quickly discovered that medication administration via the Macy Catheter controls pain faster than when medications are administered subcutaneously. She also found that the device allowed clinicians at her practice to effectively control pain with fewer dose adjustments. Because the Macy Catheter facilitated quick, effective symptom control at her practice, Dr. Schmitz also observed a decrease in nursing time.

Due to its clinical and operational benefits, Dr. Schmitz decided to keep using the catheter after the medication shortage passed. She established use of the Macy Catheter as a standard of practice.

Dr. Wendy Schmitz MD
Dr. Wendy Schmitz, MD
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Based on my experience on our hospice inpatient unit, the Macy Catheter is faster than subcutaneous in controlling pain with opioids and I am able to control pain with less opioid dose adjustments. It is also very effective in most instances in quickly controlling terminal agitation and other symptoms. It saves nursing time and decreases medication cost and waste. I will never go back to my prior practice and will continue using the Macy Catheter.

Dr. Wendy Schmitz, MD
Vice President of Medical Care – Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

The Macy Catheter: An Alternative Route that Works

How Ohio’s Hospice Maintains Patient Comfort and Dignity

This 3-minute clip summarizes how Ohio’s Hospice at Dayton implemented the Macy Catheter and the reasons why the agency ultimately decided to adopt the device as a standard of practice.
This 20-minute documentary features unscripted interviews with various clinicians at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. They share their best practices while adopting the Macy Catheter as well as the device’s clinical impact.

The Macy Catheter: An Alternative Route that Works

This 3-minute clip summarizes how Ohio’s Hospice at Dayton implemented the Macy Catheter and the reasons why the agency ultimately decided to adopt the device as a standard of practice.

How Ohio’s Hospice Maintains Patient Comfort and Dignity

This 20-minute documentary features unscripted interviews with various clinicians at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. They share their best practices while adopting the Macy Catheter as well as the device’s clinical impact.

Webinar | Symptom Management Approaches in the Home and Inpatient Hospice Settings Utilizing the Macy Catheter

In this webinar, Dr. Schmitz shares how the Macy Catheter became a standard of practice at her agency when it replaced parenteral medication delivery for the majority of their patients. She presents results from a large survey of nurses at her agency that focus on the effectiveness and comfort of the Macy Catheter compared to subcutaneous and sublingual medication delivery.

Publication

Ohio’s Hospice Responds to Injectable Opioid Crisis
This short write-up summarizes the impact that the Macy Catheter had on Ohio’s Hospice. Learn why the agency was ready and able to take on the device as a standard of practice.

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