INS position papers are developed in response to issues that affect the infusion community. Each paper is written by a team of clinicians with an expertise in the subject matter and approved by the INS Board of Directors.
The Role of the Registered Nurse in the Insertion of Nontunneled Central Vascular Access Devices
As the result of requests from several state boards of nursing, INS convened a task force to determine if insertion of central vascular access devices by appropriately trained registered nurses (RNs) should be recommended. The task force consisted of RNs and advanced practice registered nurses with infusion therapy experience in various practice settings. The results are presented in the following INS position paper. (09/14/2017)
The Role of Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP) in the Provision of Infusion Therapy
INS convened a task force of infusion therapy experts from various practice settings to review and update INS’ position on the use of unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) in the provision of infusion therapy.
Short Peripheral Catheter (SPC) Checklist: Think Safety, Insert Safely
The SPC Checklist was developed by and for infusion nurses to promote safe practices from start to finish of peripheral infusion therapy.
Making the Business Case for Infusion Teams: The Purpose, People, and Process
Currently, some hospitals enjoy the financial and clinical benefits of infusion nurse specialists working on infusion teams. The goal for this paper is to educate infusion nurse leaders about the process needed to make the business case for infusion teams. This information will educate nurses about how to convert the care they provide and the outcomes they produce into financial terms, a skill that is critical to enhance communication with executive officers and other decision makers within the hospital.
Recommendations for Improving Safety Practices with Short Peripheral Catheters
In 2013, INS convened a task force of infusion therapy experts from various practice settings to identify, promote, and develop recommendations and tools to improve health care professional and patient safety practices surrounding the use of short peripheral catheters. The committee developed a position paper with recommendations on how to improve safety practices with short peripheral catheters.
Infusion Teams in Acute Care Hospitals: Call for a Business Approach: An Infusion Nurses Society White Paper
The need to provide quality infusion nursing care with skilled, knowledgeable, and competent nurses is strategic and necessary for the health care organization. By minimizing liability, infusion care delivery will be enhanced through the use of infusion nurse experts. As a result, INS has developed a white paper on the use of infusion teams in acute care hospitals.
Recommendations for Frequency of Assessment of the Short Peripheral Catheter Site Position Paper
As many organizations choose to follow the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) recommendations for peripheral intravenous (IV) site rotation based on clinical indications rather than a specific time frame, INS recognizes the critical importance of site assessment to identify any signs of complications.
Recommendations for the Use of Intraosseous Vascular Access for Emergent and Nonemergent Situations in Various Healthcare Settings: A Consensus Paper
The Consortium on Intraosseous Vascular Access in Healthcare Practice* *Lynn Phillips, Infusion Nurses Society and Consortium Chair; Lucinda Brown, Society of Pediatric Nurses; Teri Campbell, Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association; Julie Miller, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses; Jean Proehl, Emergency Nurses Association; Barbara Youngberg, Visiting Professor of Health Law and Policy, Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, Loyola University Chicago College of Law.
The Role of the Registered Nurse in Determining Distal Tip Placement of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters by Chest Radiograph
As a leader in infusion therapy, the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) recognizes the expanding scope of practice of the licensed registered nurse in the field of infusion therapy. It is the position of INS that a qualified registered nurse may determine the distal tip placement of peripherally inserted central catheters by chest radiograph.
The Role of the Registered Nurse in the Insertion of Intraosseous (IO) Access Devices
As a leader in infusion therapy, the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) convened a national task force of experts to examine the practice of registered nurses placing intraosseous access devices. It is the position of the Infusion Nurses Society that a qualified registered nurse, who is proficient in infusion therapy and who has been appropriately trained for the procedure, may insert, maintain, and remove intraosseous access devices.