Infusion
Nursing Notes
By Nufactor

Infusion Nursing Notes by Nufactor provides education, resources and support to promote successful patient therapy within the infusion nursing community.

Disease States: Primary Immune Deficiency Diseases (PIDDs)

There are greater than 400 forms of Primary Immune Deficiency Diseases (PIDDs) recognized by the International Union of Immunological Societies.1 These rare genetic diseases are chronic, at times debilitating, and often costly per the National Institute of Health (NIH).1 PIDDs are also known as Inborn Errors of Immunity (IEI). These can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, or ethnicity. They share a common thread; part of the immune system is missing or not functioning properly. This leads to the hallmark of increased susceptibility to infection; it could involve the sinuses, lungs, skin, ears, throat, spinal cord, brain, urinary tract or intestinal tracts. Physical exam may also identify signs of a PIDD including enlargement of lymph nodes, the liver or spleen. For some, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune symptoms or blood vessel inflammation could indicate a PIDD. [More]

Standards of Practice

“I am of certain convinced that the greatest HEROES are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.” – Florence Nightingale.

These words resounded in my head when learning about the pioneer of nursing, the great Florence Nightingale. I’ve always taken pride in doing my best, no matter how small or how big my assigned duty was. In becoming a nurse that work ethic increased 10-fold, in my eyes at least. I was now responsible for the care of someone’s mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter! Their lives greatly depended on my care for a certain number of hours in a day and in many occasions the care provided indicated how the patient’s prognosis would be. [More]