New trends in home intravenous therapy for the pediatric population are being developed. One trend in particular is proving to be both exciting and promising. This trend is the use of intravenous immunoglobulin in the homecare setting. This article explores the most commonly seen disorders and treatments using this specific intravenous prescription. Safe nursing practice and future trends also are discussed.
Paula Cornelius is a Staff Nurse in the Coronary Interventional Unit at Via Christi St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. She also serves as a Healthstaff Critical Care Resource Nurse. Her career has spanned critical care nursing, open heart recovery nursing, case management and clinical coordination, insurance medical review, and staff education in critical care. This paper was presented at the 1998 INS Fall National Academy of Intravenous Therapy in Phoenix, Arizona.