P_CS_03 Use of CME McKinley T34 Syringe Driver for Adults in Palliative Care

This policy applies to the use of the CME McKinley T34 Syringe driver for subcutaneous infusions in adults in palliative care. Administration of medications via other routes and use in paediatrics are outside the scope of this policy.

The aims of this policy are: to ensure efficient and safe practice across Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and St. Barnabas Hospice in the use of the battery operated McKinley T34 syringe driver; to improve the standard of care provided to patients; and to minimise hazards.

The McKinley T34 syringe driver is a portable, battery operated device for delivering medication by continuous subcutaneous infusion.

The policy provides the rationale for the use of the McKinley T34 syringe driver and guidelines to support staff training and management of associated equipment.

This policy is not a stand alone document and is intended to be used in conjunction with the Protocol and Training Pack for this device. This policy should be read in conjunction with policies and guidelines on medicines management, medical devices management, infection control and consent in addition to the following:

  • MDA Infusion Systems (2003)
  • The Code: Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives (NMC 2008)
  • Standards for medicines management (NMC 2008)
  • Record Keeping: Guidance for nurses and midwives (NMC 2009)
  • CME McKinley T34 Ambulatory Syringe Pump Operation Manual (2011)

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