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When to Call or Return to the Hospital

If you experience any of the following conditions, call the Hematology clinic or the Dartmouth-Hitchcock page operator immediately:

  • Fever (temperature greater than 38 Centigrade or 100.4 Fahrenheit) or chills
  • Bleeding from nose, gums, or catheter site
  • Blood in urine, stool, or coughing up blood
  • Pain or burning with urination or decrease in amount
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Uncontrolled nausea or vomiting
  • Inability to take prescribed medications and/or fluids
  • Persistent cough or shortness of breath
  • Prolonged headache, visual problems, dizziness, lightheadedness, heart palpitations
  • Changes in the appearance of your central line catheter site (redness, pain, drainage, swelling)
  • Skin rash or red areas on the skin
  • Mouth sores or "cold sores"
  • New pain anywhere
  • Prolonged weakness, abdominal discomfort, or muscle cramps

Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm:
Hematology Clinic: (603) 650-4628

Monday through Friday, before 9:00 am or after 5:00 pm, weekends and holidays:
Page operator: (603) 650-5000, and ask them to page the Bone Marrow Transplant Physician on call.

If there is no response in approximately 15 minutes, try once more or call the Hematology/Oncology Special Care Unit (1 West) at (603) 650-2096. Ask to speak with the Charge Nurse and have the nurse call the Bone Marrow Transplant Physician on call.

If this is an emergency (life-threatening) situation, go directly to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center emergency room or your local emergency room and have them contact the Bone Marrow Transplant Physician as soon as possible.

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