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The Benefits and Drawbacks of Syringe Drivers in Palliative Care.

Costello, J., Nyatanga, Brian, 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

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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.

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Uncontrolled Discrete 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: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Brian Nyatanga
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2018 11:04
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:23

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