IV Therapy/Blood Withdrawal Certification Course


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Program Description

This 36 hour course in intravenous and blood withdrawal is designed to teach RNs and LVNs basic techniques in intravenous therapy and blood withdrawal. Successful completion of this course will provide 27 hours of theory and 9 hours of clinical experience, including at least 3 individually supervised successful venipunctures and 3 individually supervised skin punctures by each student on live subjects.

This course is presented in accordance to guidelines set forth by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.


Program Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to, but not limited to the following:

- Identify the responsibilities and practice restrictions of the RN and LVN administering IV therapy
– Recount the legal aspects of performing IV Therapy and Blood Withdrawal
– Perform venipuncture, IV insertion, and know indications for IV Therapy and Blood Withdrawal
– Identify commonly administered “hydration solutions” including composition and clinical uses
– State the normal pH of blood
– Define “Universal Precautions” and identify infection control practices consistent with IV Therapy
– Define and differentiate between Asepsis, Sterile, and Clean
– Define and differentiate between isotonic, hypotonic, and hypertonic solutions
– Identify both central and peripheral IV delivery routes including VADs
– Calculate dosages and rates of IV solutions
– Differentiate between arteries and veins
– Prepare patients for IV Therapy and/or Blood Withdrawal
– Identify potential complications and risks associated with administration of IV Therapy
– Explain Extravasation
– Explain Infiltration
– Demonstrate the set-up of IV solutions, tubing, and recount the dwell time
– Know the differences between direct and indirect techniques, methods to distend veins, site selection, anchoring , and discontinuing IVs
– Understand PCA Therapy
– Define TPN
– Identify potential metabolic complications that may occur during TPN infusion and nursing interventions to prevent, and/or correct these complications
– Identify and enumerate information needed by the subject to alleviate anxiety and provide support
– Appropriately document events of procedures and interventions


Class Hours

Day Class Schedule
Friday & Saturday: 8:00 AM to 5: 00 PM
**All dates are subject to change**
This is a 4 day (2 weekend) course


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