IV Therapy Certification Course for RNs & LPNs

Program outline

Day-1: 8:00 am – 4:30 PM

Legal implications and IV therapy procedures by LPNs/LVNs

Purpose and methods of infusion therapy

Different types of IV fluids and its impact on the patient

Difference between irritant and vesicant medications

Prevention and management of extravasation

IV drip calculations and overview of flow control devices

Vascular access device selection criteria

Management of patients receiving IV infusions of

  • Anti-infective therapies
  • Intravenous hydration therapy
  • Total parenteral nutrition (TPN)
  • High alert medications
  • Biologics and immunotherapies

Day-2: 8:30 am – 4:30 PM

Setting up primary infusion line and IVPB

Venous anatomy and select venipuncture site

Peripheral catheter insertion and troubleshooting technique

Prevention and management of complications

Routine care and maintenance of peripheral IV 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