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Subcutaneous injection: learning from experience in other specialties

Debra Pollard
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  • Lead Nurse Specialist, Katharine Dormandy Haemophilia & Thrombosis Centre, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
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Published Online: 2018-05-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.17225/jhp00111

Abstract

Haemophilia treatment is characterised by intravenous infusions of clotting factor concentrates, with nurses frequently taking the lead role in administration, patient training and patient care. In recent years, a number of novel factor and non-factor-based therapies delivered by subcutaneous injection have been developed. These therapies are now undergoing clinical trials and will shortly be available in clinical practice. The coming era of at least some haemophilia treatments being delivered by subcutaneous injection clearly represents a significant change not only for patients (for whom they may be more convenient) but also for haemophilia nurse practice, particularly with respect to bleed and surgical management plans, and hence for nurse training and education. This review describes evidence-based guidance on subcutaneous injection technique and summarises the implications for nurses.

Keywords: Administration; Injection; Patient preference; Subcutaneous

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Published Online: 2018-05-31


Citation Information: The Journal of Haemophilia Practice, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 35–41, ISSN (Online) 2055-3390, DOI: https://doi.org/10.17225/jhp00111.

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