Community intravenous therapy provision
Evidence & Practice    

Community intravenous therapy provision

Sue O'Hanlon IV therapy lead nurse, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, St Helens, England
Pam McGrail IV nurse specialist, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, St Helens, England
Paul Hodgkins IV nurse specialist, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, St Helens, England

Many healthcare services that were once only available in acute settings are now common in the community. Intravenous (IV) therapy is increasingly available as a community service. Given the option, most patients would choose to receive their treatment in a community setting, rather than in hospital. This article describes several outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy services, including their advantages and disadvantages. It explores the ways one community NHS trust has developed its community IV therapy service over the past ten years and examines issues pertinent to effective service delivery.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10169

Correspondence

sue@ohanlon.co.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to external doubleblind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Received: 02 June 2015

Accepted: 20 September 2015

Published online: 03 March 2017