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Transition to Self-Infusion

Self-infusion is a significant step in transitioning to independence. Along with self-infusion comes the possibility to participate in activities such as camp and sleepovers. It should also give you peace of mind to know that if you're not around, your child knows how to treat a bleed with factor. Also, knowing how to self-infuse early in life will make it easier for your child to transition to adulthood and leave home for college or work.

Your Hemophilia Treatment Center (HTC) nurse can provide age-appropriate suggestions and help your child with self-infusion procedures and techniques.

Here are some ways to help your child begin to learn the steps of self-infusion:

  • Teach your child the importance of a clean work surface, proper hand-washing, and sterile practices.
  • Ask your child to help you assemble materials for the infusion.
  • Have your child help mix the factor.
  • Let your child help with record keeping.
  • Have your child help check on the supplies and the amount of factor on hand.
For more information, go to Hygiene.