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National Update: Nicola York opens the IV Therapy SummitNational Update: Nicola York opens the IV Therapy Summit

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This one day national summit focuses on advancing IV Therapy including ensuring adherence to the revised RCN Standards for Infusion Therapy and monitoring adherence to the NICE Guideline and Quality Standards for IV Therapy. The conference will focus on improving quality and safety of both inpatient IV Therapy and delivering effective IV therapy at home (OPAT).

The conference is chaired by Nicola York - Board Member, NIVAS Clinical Nurse Manager, Vascular Access and Nutrition Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, She will also open the conference with A national and international update on IV Therapy and vascular access devices.

Sharron Oulds - Project Board Member, RCN Revised Standards & Lead Vascular Access Clinical Nurse Specialist University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust will do a session on Using the RCN Standards to ensure delivery of effective care in IV therapy in which ahe will cover how can we ensure consistency and standardisation of practice and ensuring adherence to the standards and key areas of practice. She will also look at how the standards can be used to support organisations to achieve outstanding results in IV infusion therapy.

Sue Rowlands IV Resource Team Lead Royal Wolverhampton NHS Foundation Trust will do a session on Understanding and reducing infusion related infection.


Using the RCN Standards to ensure delivery of effective care in IV therapy

It is important for clinicians and practitioners to have an awareness of how the care the deliver impacts on the patient population. There is a responsibility to deliver safe and effective care. Lord Darzi Quality Report identified care delivered should be safe, effective and provide a good experience. To know if we deliver effective care, we need to know what effective care looks like.

This presentation aims to identify how clinical effectiveness, as a method of assessing quality can support clinicians and organisations to measure their impact on patient care and use the RCN Standards for IV therapy to standardise, improve and learn about the IV therapy services they deliver.

Opportunities to use the RCN standards to measure effectiveness of practice can include the use of Care Bundles as a method of audit but, can also include learning from deaths and patient safety incidents.

Practitioners should use the RCN Standards to evidence the care they deliver to assess the impact on patient safety, standardise practice, but notably to drive practice and innovation using the evidence base provided by the standards as a driver for change and service development.

Annette Vanhein-Wallace OPAT Lead Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust's extended session  on Developing effective oupatient access to intravenous therapy: OPAT will look at

  • avoiding hospital admission by providing IV Therapy treatment within a patient’s home
  • what patients are suitable for the OPAT service?
  • discharge planning, and facilitating early discharge for patients will have IV Therapy at home
  • securing IV devices correctly
  • referral criteria for patients being considered OPAT
  • assessing a patients suitability examples and case studies
  • monitoring progress against the RCN Standards for OPAT
  • issues around long term IV therapy and devices
  • potential risks and strategies for reducing those risks



This presentation will focus on the challenges surrounding modern day Health Care Provision in the battle to reduce infections relating to medical devices – in particular intravenous access devices.

It will describe the work at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust surrounding this issue, and highlight the successful, and not so successful, efforts made to improve this aspect of patient safety.  There will be a particular focus on the process which has been developed to identify, record, and report such incidents and attempts made at identifying causative factors.  This has involved close cross working between Microbiology, Infection Prevention and the IV Resource Team, and remains a work stream that continues to evolve.

Reference will be made to case studies which illustrate the devastating effects that these issues can have on the patients physical condition both in the short and long term, alongside the distress caused to both the patient themselves and close family members and friends.  It will also allude to the increased healthcare provision requirements and financial cost that such incidents cause.


11 July 2018


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