A subcutaneous infusion device is generally an electronic, battery-powered device that holds medications in a syringe (or alternatively, a cassette or reservoir), to administer a continuous 24-hour dose of medication via the subcutaneous route and maintain a consistent level of the medication in the blood.
Syringe drivers are used in palliative care to provide continuous medication via the subcutaneous route. Nurses must be proficient in the use of syringe drivers to ensure patient safety and to avoid adverse events and harm to patients as a result of equipment misuse.
This module provides a step-by-step guide to the management of subcutaneous infusion via syringe drivers in palliative care. The module has a particular focus on ambulatory syringe driver devices.
The module is appropriate for all nurses providing care to patients using syringe drivers, in the residential care setting community and hospital.
This course is linked to and consistent with the Australian Quality and Safety Commission’s National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards, Standard 5: Comprehensive Care.
It specifically relates to Actions:
This course is linked to and consistent with the Aged care quality standards. It specifically relates to:
At the end of this module participants will be able to: