Updated Policies & Procedures for Infusion Nursing of the Older Adult Available Soon

NORWOOD, Mass., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Infusion Nurses Society has enhanced and revised its Policies and Procedures for Infusion Nursing of the Older Adult and will make it available for purchase November 15. The original version of the publication was developed through a grant from the Nurse Competence in Aging Initiative supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation's Institute for Geriatric Nursing.

Written in a user-friendly format and spiral-bound for ease of use, Policies and Procedures for Infusion Nursing of the Older Adult provides infusion specialists with convenient access to up-to-date procedures and techniques that are essential to providing competent infusion therapy delivery in the older adult population. The only one of its kind, Policies and Procedures for Infusion Nursing of the Older Adult delivers consistent, step-by-step procedures for patient assessment, equipment use, site selection, infection prevention, device placement, care and maintenance, complication management, and quality assurance. "The Aging Process" is presented as an introduction and supplies information that may affect infusion therapy modalities when caring for the older adult population. "Considerations for the Older Adult," which are noted at the beginning of many policies, are intended to enhance the nurse's knowledge of the elderly patient receiving infusion care.

New sections in the 2nd edition include Infection Prevention and Safety Compliance; Infusion-related Procedures; Blood and Fluid Warmers; and Vascular Access Device Site Selection and Placement. Policies describe the courses and purposes of indicated actions while Procedures detail particular steps to be undertaken to achieve intended outcomes.

INS CEO Mary Alexander, MA, RN, CRNI®, CAE, FAAN, noted: "With an aging population, it's imperative that nurses are prepared to address these patients' infusion care needs. The Policies and Procedures for Infusion Nursing of the Older Adult, inclusive of the latest research and best available evidence, will assist clinicians as they apply these unique age-appropriate practices to ensure that our older adult patients are receiving safe, quality care."

The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) is a professional association dedicated to enhancing infusion practices that will improve patient outcomes. Recognized as the global authority in infusion therapy, INS is dedicated to exceeding the public's expectations of excellence by setting the standard for infusion care.

Dorothy Lohmann
Infusion Nurses Society
781-440-9408 x339

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