Initial experiences of an in-reach service providing iron infusions in residential aged care facilities

Hamed Zinsaz, Georgina Calder, Carmela Corallo, Peter R. Gibson, Suma Poojary, Chris Moran

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Objective: To examine the feasibility of developing an in-reach parenteral iron infusion service to residents of residential aged care facilities (RACFs). Methods: An audit comparing the use of iron infusions in RACFs prior to and following the introduction of an in-reach iron infusion service. Results: Of the 738 inpatient iron infusions administered to inpatients ≥65 years in the 12 months prior to the in-reach service, 52 (7%) lived in an RACF, with no significant adverse events reported. After implementation of an in-reach service, a total of 37 RACF residents received parenteral iron in the first 12 months of the service, with no significant adverse events reported. Conclusion: It is possible to safely provide parenteral iron through an in-reach service to residents in RACF. Further research is required to identify the person-level benefits achieved by this service.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e454-e459
Number of pages6
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


  • anemia
  • frail older adults
  • iron deficiency
  • residential facilities

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