Community Nursing Award finalist: Advancing Intravenous Antibiotics Team

Community Nursing Award finalist: Advancing Intravenous Antibiotics in the Community Team

Wirral Community NHS Trust

A new way of administering IV antibiotics in the community has proved to be clinically and cost effective. Previously, two nurses had to visit a patient receiving IV antibiotics at home to check calculations; however, demand soon created capacity challenges. Advanced practitioner Annie Baker and Mary Lyden-Rodgers led the efficiency drive, first examining whether the procedure could be undertaken safely by one nurse before embedding it into practice. Phase two reviewed the administration of IV antibiotics by a timed bolus route, rather than existing infusion therapy. The result has been a better use of resources, it has released nurses’ time to care, and the patient experience has improved.

Picture credit: Neil O'Connor

The Community Nursing Award is supported by Primary Health Care and sponsored by Superdrug.



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