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Syringe Driver Online Learning Package


Following completion of this section, you will be able to:

  • Describe the experience of having a subcutaneous infusion from the patient/family point of view. 

It is important to consider that being attached to a syringe driver poses many difficulties for the patient in terms of normal activities such as washing, dressing, driving or even choosing what clothes to wear. Although it is true that syringe drivers have allowed many patients to be at home, carrying on with normal activities and spending more time with their families, healthcare professionals need to be mindful of the patient's experience in relation to syringe drivers.


Although it is reported subcutaneous infusions are well accepted and can achieve almost 100% compliance amongst patients and their families, some patients may view the syringe driver as an invasion of their body privacy, and may perceive the device as an indicator of a poor prognosis. Syringe drivers may also restrict the patient’s daily activities. 


ACTIVITY: Section 1: The Patient Experience

Last updated: 5 September 2014