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https://doi.org/10.24141/2/2/2/7

Intravenous Immunoglobulin Replacement Therapy in Children with Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases: A Nurse´s Guide

Ana Marija Hošnjak orcid id orcid.org/0000-0002-0083-3104 ; University of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Zagreb, Croatia
Snježana Čukljek ; University of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Zagreb, Croatia
Sanja Ledinski Fičko ; University of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Zagreb, Croatia
Martina Smrekar ; University of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Zagreb, Croatia
Nikolina Veriga ; Department of Anesthesiology, Reanimatology and Intensive Care, “Dr. Tomislav Bardek” General Hospital, Koprivnica, Croatia
Danijela Vrankić ; Srebrnjak Children's Hospital, Zagreb, Croatia
Štefanija Kolačko ; Clinical Hospital “Sveti Duh”, Zagreb, Croatia


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Abstract

Primary immunodeficiency diseases are chronic disorders which are characterized by increased sensitivity of the organism to infections because one or more parts of the body's immune system is missing. Immunoglobulins are normal components of the human body with the main role in the immune defense. Children with primary immunodeficiency have little or no antibodies and lifelong routine replacement therapy is the only effective treatment which represents the gold standard in treatment. The purpose of this therapy is to prevent acute infections and reduce complications resulting from infection. A nurse equipped with knowledge and competences is an indispensable link in the safe and quality administration of immunotherapy and in providing immediate psychological support to the child and the entire family. Nurses administer 90% of all intravenous immunoglobulin therapy transfusions according to the provisions of the physician.

The paper presents findings of a research study into nurse´s perceptions about the Immunoglobulin replacement therapy. This paper represents nursing guidelines before, during and after administering intravenous immunoglobulin in children with primary immunodeficiency disease.

Keywords

primary immunodeficiency; substitution therapy; nurse

Hrčak ID:

213193

URI

https://hrcak.srce.hr/213193

Publication date:

18.12.2018.

Article data in other languages: croatian

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