August 2017 • M&K Publishing • illustrated 112pp
Nicola Brooks RN, PG dip, BSc Hons, NMC RTQ, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
This handy book, written by the author of the very popular Venepuncture and Cannulation: A Practical Guide, offers step-by-step guidance in how to administer intravenous fluids and medicines. It will be equally helpful, whether you are already practising intravenous therapy and wish to refresh or update your knowledge or you are learning this skill for the first time. Each chapter contains intended learning outcomes, clinical points for practice, and activities that enable you to relate the content to your own clinical area.
The book opens with a general discussion of intravenous therapy, followed by an overview of the circulatory system and different types of intravenous access. The author explains how to calculate medication doses, and describes relevant aspects of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. She looks at safe techniques used in the administration of intravenous fluids and medications, and how to use different types of infusion devices, as well as the potential risks, complications and adverse reactions associated with intravenous therapy. The final chapter explores the professional responsibilities of the healthcare practitioner.