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Video and simulation training in IV self-administration allows faster inpatient discharge
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Video and simulation training in IV self-administration allows faster inpatient discharge

  • Hospital nurses’ project achieves increase in self-administration of antibiotics once inpatients return home
  • Team’s work eases workload pressures for community nurses and allows prompt hospital discharge
  • Patient feedback is ‘universally positive’

A nurse-led team that made videos and a dummy training ‘arm’ that shows patients how to self-administer intravenous antibiotics has saved its trust £5 million in its first year – as well as improving patient experience.

The outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy service (OPAT) nurses’ project at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust cut the time patients take to learn IV self-administration, enabling earlier discharge home from Addenbrooke's

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