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Intravenous Therapy


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Intravenous Therapy

The course aims to prepare practitioners for safe and effective administration of medications/fluids via the intravenous route. Principles in the care of both peripheral and central vascular access devices are explored. The theoretical component of the study-day focuses on: basic pharmacology of the IV route; the indications for IV therapy; a review of relevant drug calculations; care of both peripheral and central vascular access devices; principles of aseptic non-touch technique in IV practice; and potential complications of IV therapy. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice re-constitution of drug for IV administration and the preparation of both a bolus and an intermittent infusion.


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Course Date

20th November 2017

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Course Description

You will learn to:

  • List the indications for administering drugs via the intravenous (IV) route;
  • Discuss the professional issues for registered nurses delivering IV therapy;
  • Use mathematical calculations related to the administration of IV therapy;
  • Discuss the differences between peripheral and central vascular access;
  • Describe the anatomical positioning and components of a skin-tunnelled central venous access device and an implantable injection port;
  • Define bolus and intermittent infusion in the context of intravenous therapy;
  • Describe the principles of care for a VAD insertion site.
  • Describe the principles of aseptic non-touch technique in IV administration practice;
  • Demonstrate aseptic non-touch technique (ANTT) to reconstitute a powder drug for intravenous administration;
  • Demonstrate ANTT in the administration of a bolus and a free-flow intermittent infusion;
  • Explain the local and systemic complications of IV drug therapy