Intrathecal Baclofen pump (1227)

Key points below

What is a baclofen pump?

Baclofen is a medicine that relaxes muscles and makes it easier to move your child’s body. A baclofen pump gives the medicine through a small tube that goes into the area around your child’s spinalbacolfen cord. This sheet will help you know what to do to keep your child safe from pump problems. These happen when your child doesn’t get the amount of medicine they need, which can be life-threatening.  Most patients have problems because they miss appointments. 

Be sure to bring your child to all follow-up appointments!

What happens at the refill appointments?

Your child needs regular check-ups where we will:

What should I watch for and do?

It is very important to watch for these things when your child has a baclofen pump.  It may mean that your child is not getting enough medicine.  This could be life-threatening. 

Call the clinic if your child is:

Call 911 or go to the ER if your child is:

How do I call the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation clinic?

What if the pump is not working?

Keep some baclofen tablets with your child at all times.

What if the pump is beeping?

Any beeping needs to be checked. Call the clinic right away!

Beeping means:

What else do I need to know about the pump?

Pump ID card

You should have a card from Medtronic with details for an emergency. 

Medtronic card

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For safety, carry the card with you. 
If you need a new card, tell us right away.

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Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.