IV Therapy Certification Course for RNs & LPNs

Program outline

Day-1: 8:30 am – 4:30 PM

Describe purpose and methods of infusion therapy

Review legal implications and delegation of IV therapy to LPNs/LVNs & UAP

Review different types of IV fluids and its impact on the patient

IV drip calculations and overview of flow control devices

Irritant and vesicant medications

Measures to prevent extravasations

Preventing oversights during IV infusion therapy

Vascular access device selection criteria for IV infusion therapy

Management of patients receiving IV infusions of

  • IV antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal infusions
  • Intravenous hydration therapy
  • Parenteral nutrition administration
  • High alert medications
  • Inotropic infusions
  • Biologics and immunotherapies

Day-2: 8:30 am – 4:30 PM

Set up primary infusion line and IVPB

Review venous anatomy and select venipuncture site

Illustrate peripheral catheter insertion and troubleshooting technique

Identify and manage insertion related complications

Prevent and manage device and infusion related complications

Review routine care and maintenance of peripheral infusion therapy

Short peripheral catheter removal guidelines

Documentation guidelines

Demonstration and practice session: Attendees learn to palpate and identify veins on each other and then practice catheter placement on an advanced venipuncture aid.


Day-3:  8:00 am – 2:30 PM

Identify midline, PICC, non-tunneled, tunneled, and implanted central vascular access device CVADs
Discuss measures to prevent central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)

Identify PICC and midline related thrombosis

De-clot CVADs with Cathflo Activase (tPA)

Remove PICC and non-tunneled CVADs

Describe, illustrate and demonstrate

  • Flushing and locking protocols
  • Assessment and site care of  CVADS
  • Understand specifics during PICC and midline dressing change
  • Access and de-access implanted vascular ports (Port-a-cath.)
  • Collect blood specimen through CVADs

Practice Session

Following demonstration, attendees get an opportunity to practice CVAD procedures