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Infusion Therapy Administration

presented by Lisa A. Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI, FAAN

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Financial: Lisa Gorski receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She also receives compensation from 3M/Solventum, BD Medical, Genentech, and Nexus Medical. She is editor in chief of Home Healthcare Now. She also receives book royalties from F.A. Davis. Lisa has stock in ivWatch and is an employee at Ascension at Home.

Nonfinancial: Lisa Gorski is a professional member of the Infusion Nurses Society.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 54 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 39 Minutes

This course is the sixth in a series of six courses aimed at providing the home care nurse with the essential knowledge to safely care for patients who require a variety of home infusion therapies. Home care nurses must possess a high level of knowledge and the skills to safely insert and manage vascular access devices, provide infusions via an array of infusion methods, recognize and respond to complications, and provide patient and caregiver education. This course focuses on the skills and knowledge required for administering home infusion medications and solutions, including safe medication practices, common home infusion administration methods, and the importance of patient education.

Learning Objectives
  • Examine safe medication practices critical to infusion administration
  • Determine procedures to reduce the risk for complications associated with infusion administration
  • Examine indications, advantages/disadvantages, and safe administration practices for common infusion methods
  • Plan for appropriate patient/caregiver education with attention to safe self-infusion administration

Meet Your Instructor

Lisa A. Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI, FAAN

Lisa A. Gorski has worked for 40 years as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and educator for Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice, now part of Ascension at Home, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a CNS, she has played a key role in the home infusion therapy program, contributing to clinician education, policy and procedure development,…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Safe Medication Practices

This session focuses on practices including reviewing provider orders, verifying infusion medications or solutions in the home, and medication reconciliation. It also addresses the issue of when/how to do independent double checks of high-risk medications in the home.

2. Infusion Administration: Reducing Risk for Complications

In this session, interventions to reduce the risk for complications during home infusion therapy are addressed. This includes a review of Aseptic Non Touch Technique during infusion, compounding and preparation of infusion medications, setting up the infusion in a home setting, use of SASH, and putting a plan in place for monitoring for complications relative to the home infusion medication(s).

3. Common Home Infusion Methods

This session reviews the most common home infusion administration methods, with attention to advantages and disadvantages of each.

4. Patient Education and Home Infusion

Effective patient education is critical to optimizing outcomes. Identifying potential barriers or facilitators to learning is essential in developing the patient education plan. Education should be consistent, with attention to plain language, and learning evaluated using evidence-based strategies.

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