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Guidelines for subcutaneous infusion device management in palliative care
These evidence based guidelines cover all aspects of the use of syringe drivers, and focus on safe practice, and patient and family education. A range of syringe drivers are now in use in Australia - the guidelines are applicable to all of these.
Ref: Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE). Guidelines for subcutaneous infusion device management in palliative care. 2nd ed. Brisbane; Queensland Health: 2010. (709kb pdf). From: Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE)
Management of subcutaneous infusions in palliative care - Learning objectives for this learning package cover:
Ref: Queensland Health. Subcutaneous Infusions in Palliative Care: Learning Modules [Internet]. 2014 [updated 2013 Sep 25; cited 2014 Nov 3]. From: Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE)
PallConsult Queensland offers a free online NIKI T34™ syringe pumps learning module (intermediate to advanced level) which includes a handbook, an illustrated guide, three videos and a competency checklist.
Caring Safely at Home Project offers free education modules on supporting carers to manage breakthrough symptoms using subcutaneous medicines.
A calculator for checking the compatability of various combinations of medications for use in a syringe driver
From: Palliative Care Adult Network Guidelines, UK. PLEASE NOTE: Some of these recommendations may suggest medicines which are unavailable in Australia or are unsubsidised by the pharmaceutical benefits scheme.
Safer Care Victoria have developed drug compatibility guidelines - The syringe driver compatibility guidance document
Last updated 21 February 2017