Infusion Therapy Institute

About Us

Venipuncture and peripheral catheter insertions are the most frequently performed invasive procedures in any healthcare setting.  In fact, nurses receive minimal training in this vital function.  Infusion therapy procedures require knowledge and skills.  

Infusion Therapy Institute was established by infusion nurses to provide education and training in intravenous therapy procedures .         Our goal is to minimize preventable complications and to enhance patient care outcomes, as well as the satisfaction of both patients and clinicians.

About Our Programs

Venipuncture and peripheral catheter insertions are the most frequently performed invasive procedures in any healthcare setting.  In fact, nurses receive minimal training in this vital function.  Infusion therapy procedures require knowledge and skills.

Continuing education programs are developed according to accrediting agencies’ rules and regulations, Infusion Nurses Society (INS) standards of practice and CDC’s guidelines for Catheter Related Blood Stream Infection Prevention.

Educational programs consist of lectures, PowerPoint presentations, visual aids, demonstration and hands-on practice sessions. We provide small group sessions to encourage interactive learning experience and best learning experience.

Upon successful completion of each program, a Certificate of Completion with Continuing Education Contact Hours is provided for the program. Attendees shall attend the entire program and submit a program evaluation. Certain programs include knowledge assessment (post-test).

ON-SITE PROGRAMS

Basic and advanced programs may be customized according to the facility’s needs, clinicians’ knowledge and skills. PICC and Midline catheter insertion training requires a didactic course, followed by hands-on instruction and supervised insertions and skill validations.  Most programs require correct placement of three to five PICCs before signed off to practice independently. If you do not have experienced PICC nurses at your facility for precepting, our PICC nurses will precept at your facility according to your facilities policies and procedures.

FACULTY

Rose Koshy, RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC
Rose Koshy, RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC

President and Program Director

Rose has been a registered nurse since 1976 and entered the infusion therapy arena in 1982 as a hospital IV team member. She obtained CRNI certification in 1991 and vascular access board certification (VA-BC) in 2010. As a vascular access nurse between 1982 and 2011, Rose had inserted thousands of short IV catheters, midline catheters basic and ultrasound guided PICCs in hospitals, long term care facilities and the patients’ homes. She has alternate site infusion therapy experience as a home infusion nurse, clinical manager, director of nursing, administrator and CEO of a home infusion nursing agency.

Currently, at Infusion Therapy Institute, Rose is responsible for developing, scheduling, and coordinating group and on-site educational programs. She personally provides consulting services to develop PICC teams and deploy hi-tech home infusion nursing services. Rose also provides legal consultation for law firms, vascular access consulting and training programs for device manufacturers.

Rose organized the Illinois Vascular Access network (IVAN), served as the first president of IVAN 2008 – 2010, and was the presidential advisor and treasurer of the 2010-2012. Rose was a member of the AVA education committee and Illinois Nurses Association (INA) CE peer review panel. Rose is a member of the Infusion Nurses Society, Association for Vascular Access and Illinois Vascular Access Network.

 

April Swenson, RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC
April Swenson, RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC

Vascular Access Educator

April has been a nurse for 32 years. She has 30 years infusion therapy experience include IV nurse, PICC Nurse and home health nurse. April is a member of the PICC team at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Illinois and she is current on her hands-on experience. In addition to PICC insertion, she provides education for staff nurses at the hospital.

April was the president of Illinois Vascular Access Network (IVAN) 2010 – 2012. Currently she is the presidential advisor of IVN, member of INS and AVA

 

Judith P. Damatan, BSN, RN, VA-BC
Judith P. Damatan, BSN, RN, VA-BC

Education Coordinator

Judith’s nursing career started in the Philippines more than 20 years ago, continued on to the United Arab Emirates then to the USA in 1987. During her career, Judith worked in acute care hospitals, home health and public health arenas as a staff nurse, charge nurse, IV nurse, infusion nurse in the areas of medical-surgical, oncology, orthopedic, dialysis and plasmapheresis units.

Since 2007, Judith is a PICC nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago. She inserts ultrasound guided PICC, midline and plasmapheresis catheters, and difficult peripheral IVs at the patient’s bedside.
Judith is a board certified vascular access nurse, a member of Association for Vascular Access (AVA) and Illinois Vascular Access Network (IVAN), and treasurer of the IVAN.