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The role of nurses in high-tech home care

High-tech home care nurses

Nurses’ knowledge and skills

Taking just intravenous (IV) therapy into consideration, the scope of knowledge and skills nurses require is broad indeed. It includes:

  • Legal and ethical issues

  • Infection control

  • Anatomy and physiology

  • Fluid and electrolyte balance

  • Pharmacology

  • Management of blood and blood products

  • Management of disposable products

  • Mathematical calculations

  • Drug administration

  • Treatment complications and their prevention

  • Equipment operation, limitations, and alarm settings

Nurses as educators

Nurse educators


Our research shows that nurses are a largely untapped resource when it comes to the development of equipment, user manuals, and informational handouts. We therefore join other experts in the field to call for an increase in nurses’ participation in the early stages of equipment design and development. Given their expertise as both high-tech users and educators, nurses would be invaluable innovation consultants.

Based on : Lehoux, P., R. Pineault, L. Richard, J. St-Arnaud, S. Law, & H. Rosendal. (2003)

Adapted by :Morgan Holmes, Ph.D.


Lehoux, P., R. Pineault, L. Richard, J. St-Arnaud, S. Law, & H. Rosendal. (2003). Issues in quality of high-tech home care: Sources of information and staff training in Quebec primary care organizations and relationships with hospitals. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance 16.1: 37-46.


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