Haematology Day-Hospital

Simple Operative Unit

The Haematology Day-Hospital Simple Operative Unit, which is part of the Complex Operative Unit (UOC) of Haematology and Stem Cell Transplant, carries out clinical-assistance activities for the diagnosis and treatment of neoplastic and non-neoplastic blood diseases requiring more complex assistance and diagnostics than that which can be provided and guaranteed at the haematology outpatient clinic.
In particular, this unit looks after patients with blood cancers (leukaemia, myeloma and lymphoma) requiring complex pharmacological therapies (chemotherapy, immunotherapy, administration of biological drugs) and support therapies (antibiotic and transfusion therapy, hydration) for the prevention and management of toxicities related to all antineoplastic drugs. It also takes care of patients with nutrient or vitamin deficiency anaemia who require intravenous infusion of these substances.

Finally, from a diagnostic and chemotherapeutic point of view, it deals with the clinical studies put forward by the various national (GIMEMA, FIL, Italian Study Group for Amyloidosis) and international (IELSG) cooperative groups, which have been applied over several years by the Haematology and Stem Cell Transplant Unit and which require complex, intravenous procedures and therapies.
In the Day-Hospital, diagnostic procedures such as bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, spinal tap, paracentesis, and needle aspiration of superficial masses necessary for the diagnosis of haematological malignant diseases are also performed. The Unit has a room with chairs for administering therapy and beds for patients requiring more complex care because they are undergoing transplant procedures or have complications due to the type of therapy or haematological disease.

Patients are always admitted to the Day-Hospital after an examination with the haematologist, during which the treatment programme, its aims and potential side effects are explained. Admission is scheduled through booking lists managed by the Day-Hospital staff.
Patients are also provided with access to a small library for treatments lasting several hours.