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Lisa McMillan speaks at conference on collaboration to standardise an IV workbook providing evidence of knowledge and skills in IV drug administration

Lisa began the presentation by focusing on the practice of intravenous (IV) drug administration which has become essential in the care of many patients and hence the role of healthcare professionals who care for them. Most patients admitted to hospital in the 21st Century will receive intravenous interventions, along with an increasing number of patients outside of the hospital setting; therapy of which is becoming increasingly complex (RCN 2010). Injectable medicines are associated with the highest incident rate of errors than any other form of medication (NPSA 2007).

Futhermore, there is therefore a strong emphasis on and need for competency training for individuals administering and caring for patients requiring intravenous therapy (RCN 2010, NMC 2010, NPSA 2007). As well as responsibility resting with the individual, organisations must ensure healthcare professionals are adequately trained, supported in practice and gain necessary competence (NPSA 2007). 

Lisa advised organisations have responded to this in different ways, creating local training programmes. Resulting evidence of competency however may not be recognised in a new organisation, limiting the transferability of skills and potentially affecting the care of patients requiring intravenous therapy. 
 
The presentation was concluded with the discussion of the aim to promote IV excellence through collaboration and education, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, The Royal Marsden and The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trusts have worked together to introduce an ‘Intravenous Knowledge and Skills Workbook’. This offers a standardised level of theoretical and practical competency, which is recognised between the Trusts. As well as creating a shared benchmark for intravenous drug administration practice, such a coordinated approach can positively influence the standards of care for patients requiring IV therapy. While the workbook has been used in a similar format at Chelsea & Westminster since 2007, the collaborative version has been in use since the start of 2012. Developed with a wide target audience in mind, the workbook can be used as a core module for all healthcare professionals whom administer IV drugs.  The opportunity now exists for other healthcare organisations to adopt the ‘Intravenous Knowledge & Skills Workbook’ and embrace ‘invaluable IV skills for all’.

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17 September 2014

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