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A Closer Look at Peripheral IVs

In this presentation, the importance of appropriate PIV site selection, techniques to reduce complications, and the importance of monitoring the PIV site will be addressed.

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Description:
Intravenous therapy via a peripheral IV (PIV) catheter is one of the common IV procedures performed by nurses in hospitals and other healthcare settings, including long-term care, outpatient, and home care.  PIVs are used for medication administration and/or infusion of IV solutions.  Because PIV placement is such a common and simple nursing procedure, nurses may underestimate the risks and the consequences of complications such as phlebitis, infiltration/extravasation, infection, and nerve damage.  In this presentation, the importance of appropriate PIV site selection, techniques to reduce complications, and the importance of monitoring the PIV site will be addressed.

Objectives:

1.      Identify common complications of peripheral IV catheters.

2.      Describe best practices to reduce the risk for peripheral IV catheter complications

Faculty: 
Lisa Gorski, MS, HHCNS-BC, CRNI®, FAAN

Accreditation:
This course is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13571 for 1.0 contact hour.

Effective date: April 2017

Expiration date: April 2018

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