Intravenous Therapy in Nursing Practice 2e
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Intravenous Therapy in Nursing Practice provides a comprehensive guide to the management of intravenous therapy in nursing, and explores all aspects of intravenous therapy in both hospital and community settings.

It addresses core clinical skills, including the preparation and administration of intravenous drugs, peripheral venous access, acute and long term central venous access, and paediatric intravenous therapy. The book also explores relevant anatomy and physiology, fluid and electrolyte balance, pharmacological aspects and legal and ethical issues, in order to equip nurses with the skills and knowledge needed in order to provide safe and effective care.

* Addresses key specialist skills, including blood transfusion, parenteral nutrition and safe administration of cytotoxic drugs
* A definitive text for nurses working in the hospital and the community
* Contains contributions from leading nurse practitioners

Intravenous Therapy in Nursing Practice is an essential resource for nurses and health professionals working in intravenous therapy.


Lisa Dougherty is Nurse Consultant, Intravenous Therapy, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Chelsea and Surrey. She is co-editor of the sixth edition of The Royal Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures, chair of the RCN Intravenous therapy forum and is well respected nationally and internationally for her work on Intravenous therapy.

Julie Lamb is General Manager for Cancer Services at Barts and The London NHS Trust. Julie qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1984 and specialised in Cancer Nursing until 1996 when she then took on a management role. During her clinical nursing career, Julie was chair of the RCN Intravenous Therapy Forum and was chair and speaker at a variety of national events associated with Intravenous Therapy


Section 1 - Fundamentals .

1. Legal and Professional Aspects of Intravenous Therapy Lorraine Hyde .

2. Anatomy and Physiology Related to Intravenous Therapy Kate Scales .

3. Fluid and Electrolyte Balance Michele Malster .

4. Infection Control in Intravenous Therapy Sarah Hart .

5. Pharmacological Aspects of Intravenous Therapy Zoe Whittington.

Section 2 - Practice.

6. Safe Administration and Management of Peripheral Intravenous Therapy Teresa Finlay .

7. Local and Systematic Complications of Intravenous Therapy Julie Lamb and Lisa Dougherty .

8. Intravenous Flow Control and Infusion Devices Chris Quinn .

9. Obtaining Peripheral Venous Access Lisa Dougherty .

10. Vascular Access in the Acute Care Setting Kate Scales .

11. Long-term Central Venous Access Janice Gabriel .

12.Intravenous Therapy in the Community Jill Kayley.

Section 3 - Specialities .

13. Blood Transfusion Therapy Liz Bishop .

14. Parenteral Nutrition Clare Shaw .

15. Paediatric Intravenous Therapy in Practice Karen Bravery .

16. Safe Handling and Administration of Intravenous Cytoxic Drugs Janice Gabriel