This updated edition includes sections which reflect changes in the delivery or commissioning of care since this guidance was last published in 2010. It features dedicated sections on patient safety and quality and patient experiences of 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 (OPHAT) services.
This report summarises the rapid review of evidence undertaken to support development of updated RCN Standards for Infusion Therapy. The evidence review was a collaborative project, managed and conducted by the RCN Research and Innovation (Evidence), library and professional practice teams, as well as an RCN contractor (Bazian). The main standards publication is available (005 704).
This summary report highlights the key areas from the rapid review of evidence undertaken to support the development of updated RCN Standards for Infusion Therapy. The evidence review was a collaborative project, managed and conducted by the RCN Research and Innovation (Evidence), library and professional practice teams, as well as an RCN contractor (Bazian). The main standards publication is available (005 704).
Revised toolkit provides information to support professionals involved in the commissioning or assurance of health and social care services.
Publication examining how involving nursing and midwifery staff in procurement activities can save time, improve patient care and save money. It has been produced in partnership with NHS Supply Chain and the Clinical Procurement Specialist Network.
Publication describing the contribution that nurses and nursing can make at an international, national and local level to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Developed to stimulate discussion and ensure nurses are fully involved and engaged with initiatives and actions that impact on AMR.
This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Guidance using practical examples to support health care workers to properly manage the waste produced as part of their role and it recognises the different requirements that arise as a result of the devolved UK health care systems. This publication is supported by Stryker.
This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Supports and develops school nurses in their professional practice, including guidance on school health profiling, infection control, confidentiality, safeguarding children and risk assessment.
***This document is currently under review as it is now out of date. The content of this document should be read and used with caution.*** IPC is a crucial component of safe systems providing health and social care. It is inextricably linked to anti-microbial resistance and therefore has a central role in health and social care and public health services. Its importance is underlined within the Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer (Davies 2013) and forthcoming UK five year Anti-microbial Resistance Strategy.
Updated guidance covering the law on sharps injuries, including The Health and Safety (Sharps Instruments in Healthcare Regulations 2013) and its underlying principles as well as its requirements on health care providers.