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IG Nursing Notes provides education, resources and support to promote successful IG infusions within the infusion nursing community.

Posted on 5. July 2017

Administration, Common Side Effects and Dosing of INFLIXIMAB (REMICADE®)

Infliximab is an intravenously administered genetically engineered monoclonal antibody that neutralizes inflammation caused by a protein called tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) by binding to the soluble and transmembrane forms of TNFα with its receptors. [More]
Posted on 13. March 2017

Home Infusion of Immune Globulin: Navigating the Challenges

By: Jean McCaslin, RN, NuFACTOR Clinical Nurse Educator.
Home health care continues to be the fastest growing segment of the health care industry. Many patients prefer the convenience and comfort of receiving care in the home. While the infusion of immune globulin (IG) requires specialty knowledge and precaution, the home infusion environment itself requires thoughtful consideration and accommodation. [More]
Posted on 1. March 2017

Anaphylaxis Review & Epinephrine Auto-Injectors and Vials

Anaphylaxis is a severe systemic allergic reaction resulting from exposure to allergens that is rapid in onset and can result in a life-threatening emergency. Severe hypersensitivity reactions and anaphylaxis to immune globulin (IG) are uncommon. Patients with low serum IgA with anti-IgA antibodies are at greater risk. [More]
Posted on 15. February 2017

Lyophilized Powder IVIG: Dilution, Reconstitution, and Pooling

Intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) is available as either a liquid or lyophilized (freeze-dried) powder. Initially only powder products were available, requiring reconstitution before administration. Over time, manufacturers changed their manufacturing process to achieve stability of the IgG molecules in a suspended or liquid state... [More]
Posted on 31. January 2017

Part Two of Two. Central Catheters used for IVIG: Care and Complications of PICC lines and Port-a-Caths

Part Two of Two: This discussion will be limited to the intermittent use of VADs for IVIG therapy being given between 1-5 days monthly. For more detailed information regarding continuous VAD use, or the administration of other medications, please refer to the INS standards published on their website. [More]
Posted on 5. October 2016

Part One of Two. Types of Central Catheters used for IVIG, Assessment, Care, and Complications

It is essential all nurses know how to properly evaluate, access, and provide proficient central line care. NuFactor provides IVIG therapy to patients in the home and while the majority of these patients receive IVIG via a peripheral IV, there are some patients who receive IVIG via a PICC line or an implanted port [More]
Posted on 12. September 2016

The Curlin Pump

Infusion with The Curlin Pump [More]
Posted on 14. June 2016

Management of Anaphylaxis

Regardless of past tolerance to immune globulin (IG), a patient can have a reaction to any dose. Taking prescribed pre-medications and taking oral ones approximately 30 – 60 minutes before IG can help minimize or eliminate common adverse reaction such as headache and flu-like symptoms. [More]