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Authors

  1. Murphy, Elyse RN, BSN
  2. Martin, Sarah RN
  3. Patterson, Jardiolyn Valino RN, BSN

Abstract

As the use of intravenous immunoglobulin (IGIV) continues to expand, infusion nurses have a greater need for a comprehensive understanding of the product, patient risk factors, and comorbidities when developing guidelines for administering IGIV. Because immunoglobulin therapy is a blood derivative product, many nurses may not have as much experience administering this type of infusion. This article provides an in-depth overview of immunoglobulin therapy and helps to define the infusion nurse's major role in coordinating, assessing, and ensuring patient safety during IGIV administration.