Potential postoperative complications can be organized into surgical, system, adverse drug events and other:
- Surgical Complications
Potential surgical complications include: infection, spinal headache, CSF hygroma, CSF leakage around catheter insertion site, bleeding, pain and discomfort, pump pocket seroma, and hematoma.
Postop care involves regular assessments for signs and symptoms of all of the above potential complications. Should any of signs and symptoms of complications occur, they should be reported immediately to the designated responsible physician.
- System Complications
Complications with the SynchroMed Infusion System may occur, including: catheter kink, catheter obstruction, catheter dislodgement, disconnection or breaks, programming errors, or pump failure.
System complications may present as drug overdose, loss of drug effect, or withdrawal symptoms. When investigating loss of drug effect, evaluate factors such as disease progression, drug tolerance or concurrent illness.
Consult the drug package insert for additional information. If there are no patient-related factors present, then investigate system problems.