A nursing protocol for safe IVIG administration
DUE TO THE INFREQUENT use of I.V. immune globulin (IVIG) in the oncology population, most nurses have little experience with IVIG administration. Multiple-step calculations are often required to administer IVIG based on patient weight. The cost of a single dose of IVIG can be very high, depending on the formulation. Consequently, administering IVIG can be stressful for nurses.
This article discusses a translational research quality improvement study designed to improve safety and decrease nurse anxiety surrounding IVIG administration and documentation by implementing a standardized protocol.