Nursing care, education and support for patients with neutropenia
Michael Coughlan Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, Trinity College Dublin
Colette Healy Clinical facilitator, HOPE Directorate, St James’s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
Neutropenia is reduced white blood cell count. It is a side effect of cytotoxic chemotherapy for cancer and haematological patients. This article aims to help nursing students and qualified nurses who are novices in caring for neutropenic patients to become familiar with the usual body defences against infection; understand how the body’s ability to fight infection is affected by neutropenia; recognise potential sources of infection; and support the patient who is at risk of infection as a result of neutropenia.
Nursing Standard. 22, 46,35-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.07.22.46.35.c6598
Published in print: 23 July 2008Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review