Care of the IV Patient for Unlicensed Assistive Personnel - Online Inservice

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Throughout the United States, healthcare systems utilize unlicensed assistive personnel or UAPs. This term encompasses nursing assistants, certified nurse aides, medical assistants, home health aides, patient care techs, and personal support workers.

This course is designed for UAP's that assist patients and residents receiving some form of intravenous therapy. This online course will review the basics of infusion therapy and how to safely perform activities of daily living with those that are receiving IV therapy and teach you the common complications that should be reported immediately to the licensed professional in charge of the patient's care. This course provides 1.00 contact hours and the participant will receive a certificate of completion at the successful completion (80% score) of the final exam and submission of a course evaluation.


Upon conclusion of this course the participant will be able to:

  1. State 3 purposes of IV therapy.
  2. List 3 signs and symptoms of an IV complication that should be reported to the nurse.
  3. Identify the changes in ADL routines that should be implemented in patients with IVs.


Chapter 1: Principles and Purpose of IV Therapy

Chapter 2: Anatomy and Physiology of IV Therapy

Chapter 3: Types of Peripheral and Central Lines

  • Steel winged Infusion Set or Butterfly
  • Short Peripheral Catheter
  • Midline Catheters
  • Types of Central Lines
  • Ports 
  • PICCs
  • Dialysis Catheters
Chapter 4: Methods of Infusion
  • Continuous infusions
  • Intermittent infusions
  • IV Push
  • Gravity infusions
  • Electronic Infusion Devices (EIDs)
  • Self Contained Infusion Device or Elastomeric Device
  • Factors That Affect the Rate of an Infusion
Chapter 5: Infection Control and Safety Specific to Intravenous Therapy
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Personal Protective Equipment or PPE
  • Transmission Based Precautions
  • Durable Medical Equipment
  • Passive Disinfection Caps
  • Dry and Intact Dressings
Chapter 6: Performing ADLs With an IV
  • Bath/Shower
  • Site Protection
  • Gown Change
  • Ambulating
  • Range of Motion
Chapter 7: Complications
  • Phlebitis
  • Bleeding/Hematoma
  • Infiltration and Extravasation
  • Infection/Sepsis
  • Catheter damage/Embolism
  • Air embolism
  • Fluid Overload
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Conclusion
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