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September 2007 VOLUME 1 ISSUE 13  

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New Guide for Nurses
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New Guide for Nurses
IDF Guide for Nurses on Immune Globulin Therapy

IDF is pleased to announce the availability of the new, updated and expanded, IDF Guide for Nurses on Immune Globulin Therapy.  In response to new advances and treatments, our Nurse Advisory Committee revised the popular guide which was originally developed in 2004.  This guide provides direction for nurses to administer immune globulin replacement therapy in the safest and most effective way. Since most of these infusions (IVIG) are administered by nursing professionals, nurses are in a unique position to improve the treatment experiences and provide an improved quality of life for patients.  Nurses also play an important role in providing education and evaluation for patients who choose subcutaneous immunoglobulin replacement therapy (SCIG).  This guide covers these issues and much more.


Chapters include information about: clinical uses for immune globulin replacement therapy; product selection and characteristics; infusions, complications and adverse events of IVIG and SCIG; nursing interventions for adverse events; concomitant medications; and nursing responsibilities.  There are also sections listing helpful references and resources.


The guide is available on the IDF Web site by CLICKING HERE.  Nursing professionals may contact IDF at 800-296-4433 or to order this free booklet.  This publication was made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Talecris Biotherapeutics.

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