Provisional Infusion Standards of Practice - Intravenous Nursing New Zealand March 2012

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The Intravenous Nursing New Zealand Incorporated Society (IVNNZ Inc.) is an affiliated international member of the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) and is dedicated to Best Practice Recommendations and Standards for Infusion Therapy. The IVNNZ Inc. mission statement is: A commitment to excellence in intravenous nursing practice with ongoing quality improvement to patient care.  

This consultation document of Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, developed by IVNNZ Inc. in collaboration with INS Standards of Practice and in consultation with other multi-professional organisations, integrates best evidence and research into each standard.

The standards are written to provide criteria for actions and accountability, while the practice criteria provide guidance for implementation of the standard.  The standards are written to be applicable in all patient settings and address all population groups, which can be readily incorporated into local infusion-related policies and procedures, performance improvement programmes, performance evaluations and educational approaches.

Each of the standard statements and practice criteria is supported by the latest available research and the evidence is ranked as per the INS Infusion Standards of Practice (2011) ranking system. The ranking system incorporates a range of levels, from Level I meta-analysis, systematic reviews and guidelines based on randomised controlled trials to Level V which includes clinical articles, reports and generally accepted practices.  In addition, the practice criteria allow for more detailed explanations for specific patient populations and practice settings.

The Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice will be invaluable to guide clinicians in decision making and developing patient-focused plans of care.
 
In summary - the Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice are intended to assist clinicians and relevant health care workers ensure that their patients receive the most appropriate care for their individual circumstances.

The Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice are intended to reflect current knowledge and practices for the clinical speciality of infusion therapy.  Clinical practice is continually evolving based on research, therefore, users should complete an independent assessment on the appropriateness and applicability of a standard in any specific circumstance, and within the context of New Zealand laws and regulations.

The risks associated with infusion therapy are complex and each situation must be judged on its own merits and it is unreasonable for readers simply to follow instructions in the standard without proper assessment of individual circumstances.

IVNNZ Inc. is not responsible for any consequences that may result from decisions made upon the basis of the advice given herein.

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