The Positive Impact of Rapid Infusions
Recorded On: 04/26/2023
Many high-acuity infusions are time and labor intensive, leading to poor patient adherence, treatment delays due to scheduling issues, and significant staff workload. As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, scheduling these infusions can be even more difficult due to space restrictions. As many infusion centers around the nation face difficulties with scheduling, patient load, and nursing shortages, rapid infusion protocols can help to decrease the negative impact of these issues. In this session, a literature review and quality improvement project on rapid infusion protocols will be presented. Clinicians will explore key findings in research on rapid infusion protocols, including their impact on patient safety, nursing workload, and patient satisfaction. Further, we will discuss the results of an Ocrevus rapid infusion protocol project that was implemented in an outpatient infusion center. These findings and literature can assist clinicians in implementing rapid infusion protocols in a variety of infusion settings.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to:
- Describe the potential negative impacts of high-acuity, long infusions on both clinicians and patients.
- Identify three key themes found in literature on rapid infusion protocols.
- Explain the quality improvement project presented, including methods of implementation and key findings.
- Describe at least one way in which a rapid infusion protocol could improve an issue in the clinician’s practice setting.
Courtney Brandt, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Courtney Brandt is a family nurse practitioner at Paragon Healthcare and a clinical assistant professor at Baylor University. She has five years of experience in infusion nursing as well as several years of experience in nursing education. Dr. Brandt has a passion for educating both her students and her patients and enjoys spending time ensuring her infusion patients understand their treatment and plan of care. She earned her master’s from Texas Tech University in 2017 and her doctorate from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2022. Her doctoral project on the implementation of an Ocrevus rapid infusion protocol was recently published in the Journal of Infusion Nursing. Dr. Brandt has also completed scholarly work in the area of simulation and the use of innovative technology in nursing education. She lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband and four young children.
CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.
Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour
Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: April 26, 2026
To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.
The Infusion Nurses Society is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP14209. The certificate must be retained by the attendee for a period of 4 years.
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- Member - Free!