OBJECTIVE: To examine the feasibility of developing an in-reach parenteral iron infusion service to residents of residential aged care facilities (RACFs).
METHODS: An audit comparing the use of iron infusions in RACFs prior to and following the introduction of an in-reach iron infusion service.
RESULTS: Of the 738 inpatient iron infusions administered to inpatients ≥65 years in the 12 months prior to the in-reach service, 52 (7%) lived in an RACF, with no significant adverse events reported. After implementation of an in-reach service, a total of 37 RACF residents received parenteral iron in the first 12 months of the service, with no significant adverse events reported.
CONCLUSION: It is possible to safely provide parenteral iron through an in-reach service to residents in RACF. Further research is required to identify the person-level benefits achieved by this service.Reference:
Zinsaz, H., Calder, G., Corallo, C., Gibson, P.R., Poojary, S. and Moran, C. (2020) Initial experiences of an in-reach service providing iron infusions in residential aged care facilities. Australasian Journal on Ageing. February 23rd. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12776. (Epub ahead of print).