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Managing Intravenous Medications in the Non‐hospital Setting An Ethnographic Investigation

Gardner, Glenn RN, PhD, FRCNA; Gardner, Anne RN, MPH, MRCNA; Morley, Greg RN, MN; Watson, Ashley R. D. MBBS, MPH, FRACP

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Abstract

Abstract: Little published information exists about the issues involved in conducting complex intravenous medication therapy in patients' homes. An ethnographic study of a local hospital‐in‐the‐home program in the Australian Capital Territory explored this phenomenon to identify those factors that had an impact on the use of medicine in the home environment. This article focuses on one of the three themes identified in the study—Clinical Practice. Within this theme, topics related to the organization and management of intravenous medications, geography and diversity of patient caseload, and communication in the practice setting are discussed. These findings have important implications for policy development and establishment of a research agenda for hospital‐in‐the‐home services.

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