KOCHI: The Indian chapter of US-based Infusion Nurses Society is holding a two-day conference at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences here to launch infusion standards on November 21 and 22.
The standard of practice acts as an aid for bringing up a structure to infusion practice that guides how nurses handle and take care of patients on fluids, chemo-therapeutic agents, blood transfusion and the like.
Infusion is a specialised area and is integral to nursing practice at all levels as they provide care to patients in administering fluids, medication or blood products or by maintaining arterial catheters. Specialists in infusion nursing is as important as specialty doctors. These nurses are responsible for monitoring patients, maintaining the lines, tubings and dressings, recognising potential drug interactions, identifying and preventing complications of therapy. Trained infusion nurses contribute to lessen complications, reduce length and cost of hospitalisation.