IV placement and maintenance is one of the most commonly performed procedures for nurses in the acute care setting and is becoming more and more common in the ambulatory setting. This is quite often a procedure that causes a lot of anxiety for the new nurse graduate or nurse coming from a setting where IV therapy is rarely or never initiated. This course is designed to teach the nurse what is needed to feel confident in performing this procedure, and to ensure they will follow current best practices to ensure the best outcomes for their patients receiving IV therapy.
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
- List four considerations when choosing a type of Perpheral IV catheter and insertion site
- List 3 patient-centered considerations to be made with the initiation, securement, and maintenance of the peripheral IV catheter
- Identify three complications of peripheral IV therapy
- List three treatments for peripheral IV therapy complications
- Describe five key components of a well-written IV therapy protocol
This educational activity was developed for nurses.
This course is approved for 1.0 contact hours by the Florida and California State Boards of Nursing.
This course was authored by Leigh Ann Bowe-Geddes RN, CRNI, VA-BC.
Leigh Ann Bowe-Geddes has over 30 years of experience in vascular access practice in the ICU, home infusion, and vascular access specialty areas. She has been very involved in the professional organizations related to her practice including being past president of the Association for Vascular Access, and President of Bluegrass INS.