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Authors

  1. Lednik, Lynn RN, CPN
  2. Baker, Mary RN
  3. Sullivan, Karen BSN, RN, CPN
  4. Poynter, Marilyn RN, CPN
  5. O'Quinn, Lucy BSN, RN, CPN
  6. Smith, Carolyn MSN, RN

Abstract

AN EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE JOURNEY

 

Clinical practice based on best evidence can help ensure that patients receive safe and appropriate care from nurses. Members of a nursing inquiry council at a pediatric-based organization addressed the issue of patient-administered immunoglobulin therapy in the home care setting through conducting an evidence-based practice (EBP) project. Following the steps of EBP, an EBP change was implemented that allowed families the option of immunoglobulin therapy administration by the patient (or a caregiver) or a home healthcare nurse. Outcomes measured indicated that self-administration positively impacted patient and family satisfaction and posed no additional safety risks.