Syringe driver guidance issued

The RCN and the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) have issued a joint statement advising nurse prescribers against the use of syringe drivers containing a mixture of drugs.

This comes after Independent Nurse exclusively revealed last month that the Medicines Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) had warned that mixing drugs in syringe drivers creates a new unlicensed product, which nurses are not allowed to prescribe.

The statement states that ‘the RCN and the NCPC have been working together to find a solution to this problem which may in the long term require changes in legislation to enable nurses to mix these medicines’.

However, in the meantime they recommend that nurse prescribers work within the law by setting up a syringe driver with an injection or via the use of Clinical Management Plans (CMPs).

The guidance gives detail of ways in which independent prescribers are able to work within the law so patients do not suffer.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

Position Statement for Independent Prescribers

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