Public Sector Event

Advancing IV Therapy

Venue: ICO Conference Centre
22 Berners Street

Date: 17 Sep 2014

Synopsis: This conference focuses on the important issue of advancing IV therapy with a particular focus on implementing the new NICE Guideline, and forthcoming in August 2014 NICE Quality Standard on Intravenous fluid therapy in adults in hospitals, and the development of out patient access to intravenous therapy.


NICE recently stated that there is a clear need for guidance on IV fluid therapy and the new guideline and forthcoming quality standard is expected to  contribute to improvements in the following outcomes, Mortality or serious harm resulting from errors in IV fluid therapy.; Patient experience of hospital care; Patient safety incidents reported and Length of hospital stay. 

"The National Confidential Enquiry into Perioperative Deaths report highlighted that a significant number of hospitalised patients were dying as a result of infusion of too much or too little fluid. The report recommended that fluid prescribing should be given the same status as drug prescribing. Although mismanagement of fluid therapy is rarely reported as being responsible for patient harm, it is likely that as many as 1 in 5 patients on IV fluids and electrolytes suffer complications or morbidity due to their inappropriate administration." Quality Standard for IV fluid therapy in adults in hospital Draft, March 2014, NICE

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear extended sessions focusing on how delivering IV Therapy at home (OPAT) is increasing due to shift in focus from hospital to community care and the impact on quality and productivity this brings.

"You can’t take patients into hospital just to have intravenous drugs. IV administration in the community is normal, safe practice and should be happening everywhere." Lynn Young Primary Healthcare Advisor, Royal College of Nursing

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Kerry Tarrant Healthcare Conferences UK 01932 429933