Key messages

  • Iron infusion practice varies extensively across Victorian hospitals.
  • These resources and guiding principles may assist in developing policies and procedures.

Iron infusion practice varies extensively across Victorian hospitals, with some hospitals using iron carboxymaltose exclusively in the parenteral treatment of iron deficiency anaemia. There are several studies currently being undertaken regarding rapid iron infusion / bolus therapy.

Due to varied practice and little evidence currently available around iron infusion, it is important to seek pharmacy and hospital policy committee approval regarding introduction of policy into your own hospital setting. These resources and guiding principles may assist you in developing policies and procedures.

Intravenous iron preparations

The following products are available in Australia.

Product

Brand

Iron polymaltose

FerrumH®

Ferric carboxymaltose

Ferinject®

Iron sucrose

Venofer®

Patient information

The intravenous iron Infusion patient Information leaflet, available on the BloodSafe website, provides practical information and answers some common questions. This leaflet is available in multiple languages.

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