Yes.Rituximab was dropped as an HD so ANY nurse can administer it - same practice at my facility too. We remind (usually calling our oncology floor for assistance with the drug admin) that they can now administer the drug. We use Lexicomp for our drug library and inform the nurse to refer to it for guidance/ guidelines for the drug administration. Lexicomp has very detailed information regarding titration, first time vs repeat doses, reactions, etcAlemtuzumab is also no longer an HD. Again, our nurses review and follow the drug administration guidelines per Lexicomp before administering to patients.
We are also looking at expanding who can administer Rituxan to ICU areas.Our pharmacists are wondering why we want to continue independent double checks of Rituxan. Does anyone have information for or against a double check? We currently have the RNs complete a double check of the drug against the order, and also the pump settings- including with each rate change.Good discussion!Katie