IgNS Daybreak Symposium: Incorporating Evidence-based Best Practices Into Care of the Ig Patient

Recorded On: 05/08/2017

The Ig nurse’s role is of critical importance in ensuring optimal patient outcomes are actualized for patients requiring immunoglobulin therapy. The use of evidence-based standards of practice, such as the IgNS Therapy Standards of Practice, is increasingly important in everyday practice across the care continuum. This session will provide information and strategies for the Ig nurse to become equipped to assess patients and develop a treatment plan, educate the patients on their disease and treatment options, and ensure they have optimal clinical outcomes and quality of care. When necessary, the Ig nurse needs to be an advocate for the patient, assisting him or her in areas of reimbursement, medical care, support services, etc. Today’s health care landscape provides unique challenges and dynamics, and a discussion on how this impacts Ig care will conclude the presentation.

Learning Objectives

After the session, attendees will understand the importance of patient ­assessments specific to Ig therapy; be able to list risk factors of Ig therapy and describe management of and emergency preparedness; be able to discuss Ig dosing, product differences, and administration practices, and how each ­impacts patient outcomes; and understand the importance of the ­procurement and reimbursement landscape, including the 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6) and the impact to the patient’s treatment plan and outcomes.

CRNI Recert Units: 2                                                                    
*Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2017 in Minneapolis, MN are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

Jane Kirmse, MS, APRN, CNS, IgCN

IgNS Standards of Practice and Education Development Committee Member

Mayo Clinic

Stacey Ness, RPh, CSP, MSCS, AAHIVP

IgNS Standards of Practice and Education Development Committee Member

Managed Health Care Associates, Inc.

Amy Clarke, RN, IgCN

Director of Nursing Clinical Program Services

Amy Clarke, RN, IgCN, is the director of nursing clinical program services for Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group. Involved in specialty and home infusion services since 1994, she has performed more than 2,000 intravenous and subcutaneous infusions. Ms. Clarke has delivered numerous presentations on immunoglobulin administration, including continuing education sessions for the National Home Infusion Association and the Immunoglobulin Nursing Society (IgNS). She is the immediate past president of IgNS.