Infusion Nurses Society Releases New Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice

Jan 25, 2016, 11:40 ET from Infusion Nurses Society

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NORWOOD, Mass., Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) has enhanced and updated its hallmark resource, Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice and has made it available for sale via its web site ( This resource continues to provide the most comprehensive guidance related to the infusion specialty. Each standard underwent an extensive review to ensure each was evidence-based and clinically sound. In addition, by changing the title of the document from Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice to Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, INS acknowledged the interprofessional aspect of the infusion specialty. INS is dedicated to exceeding the public's expectations of excellence by setting the standard for infusion care, regardless of who is providing that care.

Each standard provides criteria for action and accountability, and the practice criteria are supported by the latest available research. The strength of the body of evidence is ranked to identify the level of evidence and research that supports each of the practice criteria. Since the 2011 version was developed, there have been significantly more infusion-related research articles published, advances in science, and innovation in technology. In response to these changes, the new edition of the Standards cites 350 more references than the last edition. In addition, practice criteria allow for more detailed explanations for specific patient populations and practice settings.

The Foreword to the Standards, provided by Vineet Chopra, MD, MSc, of the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center and the University of Michigan Health System, cites the great responsibility infusion clinicians have to serve the increasingly complex vascular access needs patients have. "As patients transition through the labyrinth of outpatient, hospital, and post–acute care settings, the imperative to do what's right in their vascular access voyage has perhaps never been more urgent than it is today," said Chopra.

INS CEO Mary Alexander, MA, RN, CRNI®, CAE, FAAN, stated: "As infusion therapy clinicians, we always keep in mind that our patients are the reason we do what we do. No doubt there will be a positive impact on care when clinicians integrate the Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice in their practice. Our patients deserve nothing less!"

The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) is a professional association dedicated to enhancing infusion practices that will improve patient outcomes. Recognized as the global authority in infusion therapy, INS is dedicated to exceeding the public's expectations of excellence by setting the standard for infusion care.

Dorothy Lohmann
Infusion Nurses Society
781-440-9408 x339


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