University of Worcester Worcester Research and Publications
 
  USER PANEL:
  ABOUT THE COLLECTION:
  CONTACT DETAILS:

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Syringe Drivers in Palliative Care.

Costello, J. and Nyatanga, Brian and Mula, C. and Hull, J. (2008) The Benefits and Drawbacks of Syringe Drivers in Palliative Care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 14 (3). pp. 139-144. ISSN 1357-6321

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)

Abstract

This article will outline the use of continuous subcutaneous infusion pumps, known as syringe drivers, including their benefits and drawbacks in a palliative care context. There have been over 5000 articles published globally describing syringe drivers in the medical and nursing literature within the last decade. Many provide guidance on their use, although much of the data are repetitious, disease or age-group specific, and focused on pragmatic issues to do with clinical application. Several trusts and hospices across the UK are carrying out trials of the recently launched McKinley T34 syringe driver. Therefore, it seems timely to consider their wider use internationally. Globally, practitioners in palliative care are very familiar with their use, although the literature lacks specific guidance and, at times, the information is ambiguous. Having briefly reviewed their benefits, the article considers the limitations of using syringe drivers and comments on some of the lesser known/reported practical and patient-focused drawbacks associated with their use. We conclude by considering why, when so much education and training exists to help practitioners use these devices effectively, so many human errors occur.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information:

Staff and students at the University of Worcester can access the full-text via the UW online library search. External users should check availability with their local library or Interlibrary Requests Service.

Uncontrolled Keywords: analgesic agent, antiemetic agent, hypnotic sedative agent, clinical nursing research, equipment design, infusion, infusion pump, instrumentation, methodology, nursing, palliative therapy, patient selection, pilot study, review, subcutaneous tissue, United Kingdom, utilization review, palliative nursing, palliative care, drug administration, infusion pumps, syringe drivers
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Brian Nyatanga
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2018 11:04
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2018 11:04
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/6861

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item
 
     
Worcester Research and Publications is powered by EPrints 3 which is developed by the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. More information and software credits.