Subcutaneous infusion in palliative care: a focus on the neria soft 90 infusion set

Int J Palliat Nurs. 2014 Nov;20(11):536, 538-41. doi: 10.12968/ijpn.2014.20.11.536.


Subcutaneous administration of medications and/or fluids can play a crucial part in supporting patients at home and thereby avoiding the need for hospitalisation. It is an area of patient care that has received little attention compared with other types of parenteral therapies. However, it is an effective and safe route for continuous administration for individuals requiring palliative care. Technological advancements have led to improved subcutaneous infusion devices, such as fine-gauge cannulae with integral sharps protection, as well as integral hypoallergenic dressings. These design features not only help to increase patient comfort but also minimise the potential for needlestick injuries, as well as providing the health professional with one sterile package containing all of the components needed to establish subcutaneous infusion. However, technological developments alone are insufficient to improve patient outcomes. Knowledge of the individual patient, together with their diagnosis and intended treatment, will influence the choice of subcutaneous infusion device, with the overall aim of minimising the potential for complications and improving comfort. This paper provides an overview of subcutaneous infusion, including the importance of patient assessment and the education and training needs of health professionals, and then focuses on one specific subcutaneous infusion device: the neria soft 90 infusion set.

Keywords: Hydration; Palliative care; Sharps-related injuries; Subcutaneous infusion.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infusions, Subcutaneous / instrumentation*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Palliative Care*