RCN launches updated guidance on infusion therapy

Updated guidance on infusion therapy has been published by the RCN.
IV therapy

Updated guidance on infusion therapy has been published by the RCN.

Nurses attended a masterclass on the planning and delivery of these therapies across the NHS to mark the launch of the guidance at the college's London headquarters on 12 December.

IV therapy
The RCN has published an updated guidance on IV therapy. 
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Infusion therapies support a wide range of healthcare from blood transfusions to intravenous (IV) therapy and pain relief. 

Reference document

The RCN Standards for Infusion Therapy is a key reference document to support the delivery of nursing care in the UK for patients receiving this type of treatment.

The guidance aims to support nursing care and clinical management to improve patient experience. It features dedicated sections on patient safety and quality and on patient experiences and infusion therapy.

There is also a new section on service development, reflecting the role of commissioning in IV therapy and the continued development of outpatient/home parenteral antimicrobial therapy services.

Infusion therapy

Speaking at the launch event, RCN head of standards, knowledge and innovation Rose Gallagher said: ‘Today's event brought together nursing staff from a broad range of fields to explore the changing face of infusion therapy and its impact on patient care.

‘Infusion therapy is evolving fast and this updated document reflects the latest in knowledge and practice. We hope that it will be used far and wide to improve delivery of care and patient experience.’

The masterclass was introduced by RCN director of nursing, policy and practice Dame Donna Kinnair and included a speech from RCN professional lead for long-term conditions and end of life care Amanda Cheesley.

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