A Guide for Nurses Antibody deficiencies are defined by either a loss of immunoglobulins or immunoglobulin function failure, resulting in increased susceptibility to infection. Antibody deficiencies are associated with infections, immune dysfunction, end organ damage, and significant morbidity and mortality. Immunoglobulin replacement therapy (IRT) is the standard of care for patients with antibody deficiency due to a primary or secondary immune deficiency. Immunoglobulin infusion nurses work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals and play a vital role in the care and education of patients requiring IRT therapy.
This interactive online learning activity is valued at 1 Hour(s) of continuing education.
Janine Marie English
BHlth (Nursing), GradCert (Transfusion Practice), GradCert (Intensive Care Nursing)
International Society of Blood Transfusions
Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusions
Transfusion Clinical Nurse Consultant, Sunshine Coast Hospital & Health Service, Sunshine Coast, Q
RN, BHlthSc (Nursing), CertIV (Training & Assessment), GradCert (Critical Care Nursing), Professional Cert (Allergy Nursing)
Westmead Public Hospital, Western Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, New South Wales
On completion of this program, specialist nurses will be better able to:
- Identify the various subcutaneous immunoglobulin (SCIg) therapies available
- Confidently identify patients for whom SCIg therapy is applicable
- Apply various SCIg techniques based on the needs of the patient and their health circumstances
- Implement recommendations of relevant guidelines and peak health bodies and counsel patients on safe and effective subcutaneous injection procedures