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The Nurse's Role in Administration of Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy

Kirmse, Jane MSN, RN, CNS

Home Healthcare Nurse: The Journal for the Home Care and Hospice Professional: February 2009 - Volume 27 - Issue 2 - p 104–111
doi: 10.1097/01.NHH.0000346313.64380.da

Intravenous immunoglobulin is a valuable therapeutic agent for many patients with primary immune deficiency disorders and for some with secondary immunodeficiency, and its use has expanded to other areas such as neurologic, hematologic, and infectious disorders. Nurses administer the majority of immunoglobulin. This article discusses indications for various immunoglobulin products available, potential adverse reactions, routes of administration, and the important role of the nurse in the administration of immunoglobulin.

Jane Kirmse, MSN, RN, CNS, is Clinical Nurse Specialist in Infusion Therapy, Department of Nursing, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Address for correspondence: Jane Kirmse, MSN, RN, CNS, Infusion Therapy Department of Nursing, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905 (e-mail:

The author of this article has no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

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