Home Treatment

Home treatment is the ideal method of treatment from a medical viewpoint as a minimum amount of time is lost between the recognition of a bleed and treatment. This has many advantages. It reduces the disruption caused by a bleeding episode to the person with haemophilia and his family, and the patient feels more able to control his condition.

The benefits of home treatment not only include increased independence and the bonus of not having to travel to the hospital at all hours for treatment, but school and work attendance is more regular and participation in social activities is easier. If bleeds are treated promptly the period of incapacity caused by each episode is reduced.

In adults and teenagers, this procedure is usually carried out by the affected person. In younger children this will be taught to parents and in babies a device called a portacath can be used to facilitate venous access.