Transforming the delivery of IV antibiotics in people’s homes

Transforming the delivery of IV antibiotics in people’s homes

A team that developed a clinically and cost effective way to administer IV antibiotics in the community has been shortlisted for the RCNi Nurse Awards 2016 in the Community Nursing category, sponsored by Superdrug.

The Advancing Intravenous Antibiotics in the Community teamThe Advancing Intravenous Antibiotics in the Community team. Picture credit: Neil O'Connor

The Advancing Intravenous Antibiotics in the Community team at Wirral Community NHS Trust introduced new ways of working so that more highly trained staff can deliver IV antibiotics quickly, safely and effectively in the most comfortable environment for patients – their own home.

Previously, two nurses visited a patient receiving IV antibiotics at home to check calculations, but rising demand for the service soon created capacity challenges.

Annie Baker and Mary Lyden-Rodgers led the drive to make community nursing teams more efficient. They began by examining whether the procedure could be undertaken safely by one nurse before embedding it into practice.

Mary Lyden-Rodgers and Annie BakerMary Lyden-Rodgers and Annie Baker. Picture credit: Neil O'Connor

They then reviewed the administration of IV antibiotics by a timed bolus route, which would take half the time of an administration via the existing infusion therapy.

As a result of this research, Annie and Mary developed a teaching package, presentation and lesson plan for the community nursing teams.

‘We visited all community nursing teams twice to make sure we delivered IV bolus training to as many nurses as possible,’ says Annie. ‘The administration of IV antibiotics via the bolus route has now been incorporated into the medicines management training.

‘We also produced a special IV Therapy bulletin highlighting all the changes we have made in practice.’

An audit has shown that the result of implementing the changes has been a better use of resources and an improved patient experience.

Annie says: ‘We feel very excited to be shortlisted for the award and proud to represent our community nursing colleagues.

‘The successful implementation of these innovations has been down to the community nurses. We were looking at releasing time to care. It’s been a journey – a good journey.

‘As the demand for care in the community increases, we need to continually develop innovative ways of working to move practice forward.’

Julie Sylvester, editor of specialist journal Primary Health Care, was on the shortlisting panel. She says: ‘The RCNi Nurse Awards 2016 are a wonderful way to recognise those who innovate in their practice to make a difference to patient care.

‘The standard of entries received for community nursing was exceptionally high. All the finalists showcase the best of nursing practice in the specialty and demonstrate the impact they are having on people’s lives.’

About the sponsor

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Superdrug’s purpose is simply to be the best in everyday accessible beauty and health. Superdrug has an estate of more than 800 stores, and employs 12,500 colleagues. At the moment, 200 stores have pharmacies, with pharmacy consulting rooms. Superdrug also has 24 stores with nurse clinics offering health checks, travel vaccinations and much more. The health and wellbeing offering ensures that Superdrug customers receive accessible, professional advice, always given in a friendly and confidential environment. Health care is an integral part of Superdrug’s business, and it is committed to offer customers the best service and advice on the high street. Find out more at superdrug.com

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