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Intravenous Medications Administration

Intravenous Medications Administration

Aim: This multi-professional resource aims to establish a standardised training in intravenous (IV) medicines administration for nursing, medical and relevant allied health care professions.

This resource comprises five units:

  • Legal Issues and Building a Culture of Safety
  • Infection Control
  • Procedural Guidelines
  • Adverse Incidents
  • Medicines Calculations

Learning Outcomes:

Define the registered practitioner’s legal and professional responsibilities in the checking, preparation and administration of IV medicines.

  • Identify national and local policies in relation to IV therapy.
  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately complete necessary mathematical calculations prior to preparation of IV therapy.
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of choosing the IV route of administration.
  • Define the steps required to check, prepare and administer medications for IV administration, including equipment required.
  • Critically analyse the potential complications associated with IV therapy and discuss appropriate actions to prevent and/or treat these complications.
  • Identify issues surrounding stability and compatibility of IV therapies.
  • Describe the procedure for reporting incidents and accidents involving self, patient and others.

 Authors: Irene Lavery (NHS Lothian), Chris Ronayne (NHS GGC), Sandra Sharp (NHS Tayside)

In partnership with: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Lothian, NHS Tayside

Last review date: 2015

Reviewed by: Lynn Robertson (NHS GGC), Anne Thomson (NHS Tayside) (2016)

Next Review due: 2017

Access:  LearnPro or  Turas Learn

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