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Graseby Syringe Drivers in Palliative Care

The Graseby Syringe Drivers in Palliative Care course covers a range of issues associated with this form of syringe driver, in order to provide a highly practical resource for nurses and health professionals. The course begins by introducing syringe drivers and their use in palliative care. Subsequently, the procedures for preparing the patient and driver, and for commencing the infusion, are outlined. Finally, a number of troubleshooting ideas and the practical application of a Graseby syringe driver are presented.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, learners should be able to:

Who should take this course?

This course is primarily aimed at nurses and health professionals who come into contact with, and manage the palliative care of, patients with cancer. It will also be of interest to anyone who has an interest in palliative care and the care of cancer patients in general.

Course team

This course has been written by a multi-disciplinary team of cancer nurse specialists from the North of England.

The lead author and the Course Expert (from whom you can gain advice and information throughout the course) is Jeremy Watkins. Jeremy is a Macmillan Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist in West Cumbria.

Jane Hartwell and Jan Hunt are Macmillan Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists at North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in Carlisle.

Mark Irving currently works as a Cancer Nurse Specialist at North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in Carlisle, England. He is a highly-experienced registered nurse, and most of his experience has been within the cancer care setting. Mark has written a number of published articles in the field of Oesophageal and Gastric Cancer. Mark is also's Chief Nursing Officer.

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Registration on this course is free. Existing learners can enrol on the course from the learning area.

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