Regulations for IV therapy procedures by medical assistants and dental assistants (unlicensed assistive personnel / UAP) in medical office settings vary state by state. Physicians may delegate IV therapy tasks to UAPs, except in those states where it is specifically prohibited. However, documented education, training, and competency validations (often referred as IV certification) are required prior to delegating IV therapy tasks to UAPs. Upon completion, attendees obtain a certificate of completion. Complete competency assessment according to the facility’s policy and procedures.
This 8-hour hands-on IV training program teaches to insert peripheral catheters, prepare and start infusion with an IV fluid, monitor the patient during the infusion, potential complications, discontinue and documentation guidelines.
Upon completion of this 2-day peripheral IV infusion training, attendees learn to insert, use, maintain and manage short peripheral IV catheters. This course is recommended for nurses who insert PIV catheter and perform IV infusion therapy it all healthcare setting.
Nurse practice act (NPA) is the law that delineates the legal scope of practice for nurses. Scope of practice for nurses are implemented by the State Boards of Nursing and it varies state by state. RNs, LPNs and APNs are required to comply with the rules and regulations of the state board of nursing in their jurisdiction.
Some states have specific guidelines for IV therapy education, training and competency validation referred as “IV Certification”. Some jurisdictions such as Illinois allow LPNs with IV certification to insert and infuse through short peripheral catheters, but not through midlines, PICC lines and other central lines. However, other states allow LPNs with education, training and competency validations to infuse through central lines. Documented education is the core focus of infusion therapy.
*LPNs who works in jurisdictions that allows them to infuse through a central vascular catheter/central line are required to attend a 3-day infusion therapy course to learn use, care and management of central vascular access devices.
Please log in to the website of your state board of nursing and review your scope of practice and decide you should take the 2-day course or the 3-day course.
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RNs are often required to administer complex infusion therapies through peripheral lines, midlines and central vascular catheters such as PICC line, Hickman catheter, triple lumen and port-a-cath. Infusion therapy related complications could be irreversible and life threatening leading to legal liability.
Upon completion of this 20-hour infusion therapy training, RNs acquire knowledge and skills to insert peripheral catheters, use and manage all types of central vascular catheters, identify complications and manage complex infusion therapies. Legal implications of infusion therapy session review delegation of infusion therapy tasks to LPNs and unlicensed assistive personnel, and measures to prevent legal litigations.
Nurse practice act (NPA) is the law that delineates the legal scope of practice of nurses. Nurse practice acts vary state by state. RNs, LPNs and LVNs must comply with the rules and regulations of the board of nursing.
Some states have specific guidelines for infusion therapy education and competency validation referred as IV Therapy Certification for LPNs. Most jurisdictions allow LPNs to insert and infuse through short peripheral catheters, but not through a central vascular catheter. However, some board of nursing allow LPNs to infuse through central line. Please review rules and regulations set by your board of nursing. https://www.ncsbn.org/npa.htm
Accelerated Seldinger technique (AST) is an over the wire catheter insertion technique with several advantages. AST devices combine a needle, guidewire, dilator, and sheath into one unit. This integrated design is simpler than the modified Seldinger technique (MST), it reduces risk of contamination and promotes speed of insertion.
Midline catheters are extended dwelling peripheral IV catheters. Midline catheters are longer than 3 inches, with the catheter tip at the level of or distal to the axilla. It does not require a chest x-ray or catheter tip verification. A midline provides reliable vascular access for patients with difficult intravenous access (DIVA). It is an ideal device for patients requiring 1-4 weeks of IV infusion therapy such as antibiotics, IV hydration, or pain management. Midlines avoid multiple needle sticks to maintain peripheral lines and it reduces thrombosis and central line associated bloodstream infections.
This 8-hour workshop teaches clinicians to use an ultrasound and insert midline catheter with AST technique.
PLEASE NOTE: Attendees require excellent peripheral IV skills, knowledge of vesicant, irritant medications and hypertonic solutions. If needed, please attend the IV refresher and skill enhancement program prior to attending the midline training program.
12.0 CE Contact Hours
Upon completion of this comprehensive, small group, hands-on training program, attendees learn to insert PICC and midline catheters with modified Seldinger technique (MST). Attendees obtain a certificate of completion and are qualified to commence supervised insertion and competency validation in a clinical setting according to their facility’s policy and procedures.
Please Note: Attendees require peripheral IV skills and knowledge of central vascular catheter care abd maintenance.
PLEASE NOTE: It is the attendee’s responsibility to be informed of their state’s professional regulations, scope of practice, and to practice according to their level of licensure and institutional policies and procedures.
This unparalleled, comprehensive infusion therapy course is developed by home infusion therapy experts for nurses with little or no experience in home infusion therapy. Upon completion of this thorough IV infusion therapy training, attendees gain knowledge, skills, confidence and competence to manage patients with complex infusion therapies at home.
The first day’s face-face, interactive infusion therapy class teaches legal implications of IV infusion therapy, how to collaborate with an infusion pharmacy, patient teaching guidelines, different types of ambulatory pumps, equipment selection, vascular access device selection, first dose administration guidelines, and administration of all types of infusion therapies at home.
During the second day morning session, attendees learn to use, maintain and manage all types of central vascular access devices (CVADs) such as PICC, Hickam catheter, port-a-cath. Following illustration and demonstration by the instructor, attendees get an opportunity to practice CVAD procedures such as blood draw, de-clotting, removing PICC and non-tunneled central lines, accessing and de-accessing implanted vascular port.
The afternoon session focuses on peripheral IV training. Attendees learn to palpate and select healthy veins, precise technique to insert a PIV catheter with one attempt, prevent and manage insertion and catheter related complications.
RNs entering the home infusion therapy field
Home health nurses who are longing to advance their knowledge and skills in infusion therapy procedures at home
Home health managers and supervisors
Infusion Therapy Institute
960 Rand Road, Suite 224
Des Plaines, IL 60016