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Overview of Intravenous Therapy for Nurses

presented by Sheila Andersen, RN, MSN

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Financial: Sheila Andersen receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Sheila Andersen has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 43 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 31 Minutes

This course provides a history of intravenous therapy and how it has evolved through the years. The different types of IV access lines will be discussed, differentiating between a peripheral IV and a central line. Common veins for IV placement will be discussed, with a look into the nursing scope of practice for IV therapy. Specific uses for the peripheral IVs, Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICCs), and central lines will also be addressed.

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Sheila Andersen, RN, MSN

Sheila Andersen, RN, MSN, started her nursing career in 1982 when she graduated with her Practical Nursing degree. She worked in long-term care facilities until she returned to school and graduated in 1986 with an associate degree in nursing. From 1986 to 1988, most of her work was in the long-term care setting. In 1988,…

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1. History of Intravenous Therapy

This chapter will cover a brief history of the evolution of IV therapy and how it has progressed through the centuries. The importance of this chapter is to bring awareness to the need for IV therapy, recognizing that it is a nursing specialty field. The evolution of IV catheters will also be discussed.

2. Types of IV Access Devices

When inserting, assessing, or administering IV medications, it is important to know the different types of lines that are available. This chapter will present the different types of lines and what types can be inserted without supervision within the nurse's scope of practice.

3. Peripheral IV Sites and Central Line Sites

Knowing the vein the IV is being inserted into is not only important for documentation but also for the administering of medications. This session will help the nurse to recognize the different veins for accessing.

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