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Infusion Therapy: Complications

presented by Lisa A. Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI, FAAN

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Financial: Lisa Gorski receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She also receives compensation from 3M/Solventum, BD Medical, Genentech, and Nexus Medical. She is editor in chief of Home Healthcare Now. She also receives book royalties from F.A. Davis. Lisa has stock in ivWatch and is an employee at Ascension at Home.

Nonfinancial: Lisa Gorski is a professional member of the Infusion Nurses Society.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 57 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 31 Minutes

This course is the fifth in a series of six courses aimed at providing the home care nurse with the essential knowledge to safely care for patients who require a variety of home infusion therapies. Home care nurses must possess a high level of knowledge and skills to safely insert and manage vascular access devices, provide infusions via an array of infusion methods, recognize and respond to complications, and provide patient and caregiver education. This course focuses on understanding complications associated with home infusion therapy and categorized as local, systemic, and CVAD-related complications.

Learning Objectives
  • Examine prevention, identification, and interventions for local complications associated with a vascular access device
  • Examine prevention, identification, and interventions for complications associated with a central vascular access device
  • Examine the prevention, identification, and interventions for systemic complications associated with either a VAD or infusion administration

Meet Your Instructor

Lisa A. Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI, FAAN

Lisa A. Gorski has worked for 40 years as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and educator for Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice, now part of Ascension at Home, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a CNS, she has played a key role in the home infusion therapy program, contributing to clinician education, policy and procedure development,…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Local Complications Associated With Vascular Access Devices

This chapter addresses complications including phlebitis, infiltration/extravasation, and nerve injury. The focus is on identifying, preventing, and intervening in the event of a complication.

2. Complications Associated With Central Vascular Access Devices

This chapter addresses complications specific to central vascular access devices, including catheter occlusion, catheter-associated thrombosis, CVAD tip migration, and catheter damage. The focus is on identifying, preventing, and intervening in the event of a complication.

3. Systemic Complications Associated With Infusion Therapy or a Vascular Access Device

In this chapter, two serious but preventable systemic complications—bloodstream infection and air embolism—are addressed. The focus is on identifying, preventing, and intervening in the event of a complication.

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