Nurse information – PleurX™ system

Home health and hospice information

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Overview

Prepare your patients for home and hospice care

The PleurX™ drainage system can help patients manage fluid accumulation from recurrent pleural effusions or malignant ascites at home or in hospice or palliative care.

Train your patients on using the PleurX vacuum bottles that they may bring home from the hospital, and how to purchase PleurX supplies through a national network of distributors. If you cannot purchase and stock PleurX drainage kits, you can purchase PleurX starter kits, which provide four kits with patient education information. Other drainage options appropriate for hospice patients are also available.

Private insurance companies and Medicare reimburse PleurX options for short-term and long-term patient needs.*

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Prepare your patient for catheter placement

Before the physician places the PleurX catheter, which may be done as an outpatient procedure:

  • Review catheter placement with your patient.

  • Insurance coverage

    Determine your patient's insurance coverage for home supplies.

  • Complete the PleurX prescription form

    Complete the PleurX prescription form, and fax it with a copy of the patient's insurance card to Edgepark Medical at 877.307.6350.

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Ready your patients for the transition to home

After the physician places the catheter:

  • Notify Edgepark Medical 

    Notify Edgepark Medical of the patient's catheter placement and estimated discharge date at 877.307.8033.

  • Review

    Review the PleurX™ drainage procedure directions for use and drainage video located below with the patient.

  • Complete the PleurX prescription form

    Complete the PleurX prescription form, and fax it with a copy of the patient's insurance card to Edgepark Medical at 877.307.6350.

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Notes

* Reimbursement is based on each situation and may be subject to change. Contact your billing professional for more information.

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