The course aims to prepare practitioners for safe and effective administration of medications/fluids via the intravenous route. Principles in the care of both peripheral and central vascular access devices are explored. The theoretical component of the study-day focuses on: basic pharmacology of the IV route; the indications for IV therapy; a review of relevant drug calculations; care of both peripheral and central vascular access devices; principles of aseptic non-touch technique in IV practice; and potential complications of IV therapy. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice re-constitution of drug for IV administration and the preparation of both a bolus and an intermittent infusion.
You will learn to:
The course is designed for registered practitioners whose role (or potential role) involves the administration of medications/fluid/blood products via the intravenous route.
Assessment is ongoing.
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