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Using syringe drivers in palliative care within a rural, community setting: Capturing the whole experience

Cruickshank S, Adamson E, Logan J & Brackenridge K (2010) Using syringe drivers in palliative care within a rural, community setting: Capturing the whole experience, International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 16 (3), pp. 126-132.

The aim of this research was to understand how the introduction of a syringe driver, which is considered routine practice in many palliative care settings, impacted on patients, carers and community nurses within a rural, community setting. A phenomenological study was conducted exploring the experiences from the perspective of patients (n=4), carers (n=9) and community nurses (n=12) when syringe drivers are used at home. We interviewed patients and carers in their own homes and conducted two focus groups with community nurses who had an interest in palliative care but were not specialists. Despite the wide use of syringe drivers within palliative care, our study found their use among community nurses, particularly in rural areas can be variable with frequent time lapses between a nurse's exposure, impacting on both their technical abilities and knowledge. In-depth interviews with patients revealed few barriers to their use, but carers clearly identified areas where their expectations and experiences differed and where more information setting realistic goals of care would have beenhelpful. The authors conclude that although nurses require competencies related to syringe drivers, they also need an in depth knowledge of the actions of the drugs and the likely changes which occur physiologically as patients approach the end of their life. This will ensureaccurate information is delivered, and facilitate meaningful dialogue.

article; attitude to health; clinical competence; community health nursing; cooperation; education; health personnel attitude; human; information processing; infusion; infusion pump; instrumentation; nurse attitude; nurse patient relationship; nursing; nursing methodology research; organization and management; palliative therapy; patient selection; psychological aspect; qualitative research; questionnaire; rural health care; United Kingdom, Attitude of Health Personnel; Attitude to Health; Clinical Competence; Community Health Nursing; Cooperative Behavior; Focus Groups; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Home Infusion Therapy; Humans; Infusion Pumps; Nurse's Role; Nurse-Patient Relations; Nursing Methodology Research; Palliative Care; Patient Selection; Qualitative Research; Questionnaires; Rural Health Services; Scotland

AuthorsCruickshank Susanne, Adamson Elizabeth, Logan Janice, Brackenridge Katie
Publication date10/2010
Publication date online28/09/2013
PublisherMA Healthcare Limited
ISSN 1357-6321

International Journal of Palliative Nursing: Volume 16, Issue 3 (2010)

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