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An Introduction to Syringe Drivers in Palliative Care

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Syringe drivers are small, portable, battery-operated pumps used to inject medicines subcutaneously at a continuous rate. They are used to deliver medicines to people who are receiving palliative care when other routes of administration are deemed inappropriate or ineffective.

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Syringe drivers help to improve the comfort of patients receiving palliative care, however, they may cause serious harm if healthcare professionals are unfamiliar with the associated equipment and procedures. Knowing how these devices work and being able to appropriately operate and care for them is crucial in ensuring patients’ safety.

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Linda Rayner
23 Feb 2022
Very worthwhile reading
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kim rose
03 Feb 2022
Found this excellent as QLDHealth generally does not follow through with their on Policies.
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Renzhi Wang
24 Apr 2022
Registered Nurse
Informative resource.
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ella Thomas
12 Apr 2022
A good informative article
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Litia Asiata
11 Feb 2022
Great information
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Joshana Baidya
25 Apr 2022
Assistant in Nursing (AIN)
informative
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Bonnie Stewart
02 Feb 2022
This is a very good resource to use as this reinforces what i was taught about syringe drivers at TAFE.
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K. Purdie
23 Apr 2022
Non-Practising
Reinforced learning
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Lynda Caddie-Reed
11 Apr 2022
Registered Nurse
Very good
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Ingrid Plug
05 May 2022
Registered Nurse
good quick overall reference for syringe drivers in the palliative care setting. Appreciated the links to current resources in Australia
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