“This article discusses indications and contraindications for subcutaneous infusions, as well as patient assessment, placement, securement and potential complications.” Gabriel (2014).
Gabriel, J. (2014) Subcutaneous fluid administration and the hydration of older people. British Journal of Nursing. 23(Sup14), p.S10-S14.
Subcutaneous fluid administration and the hydration of older people http://ctt.ec/596Vf+ @ivteam #ivteam
Hypodermoclysis, or the subcutaneous administration of fluids, is a method of rehydration that is not routinely used in the UK. Yet it is a simple and effective method of fluid administration for individuals with mild-to-moderate dehydration, especially for the frail and elderly ( Sasson and Shvartzman, 2001 ). Subcutaneous infusion is an alternative route of parenteral administration. It provides a number of advantages over the intravenous route for those individuals unable to tolerate enteral fluids, as it is associated with fewer complications, as well as a wider range of infusion sites. This makes it particularly advantageous for frail and/or older patients requiring low-volume hydration in the community setting. This article discusses indications and contraindications for subcutaneous infusions, as well as patient assessment, placement, securement and potential complications.
Other intravenous and vascular access resources that may be of interest (External links – IVTEAM has no responsibility for content).
- Guide for intravenous chemotherapy and associated vascular access devices from Macmillan.
- CancerUK IV chemotherapy information.