12.0 CE contact hours
Attendees will receive handouts on the first day of class and certificates of completion at the conclusion of class.
Facilities may request customized on-site private training at their location.
The focus of healthcare is now on cost, quality of care, and outcomes. Collaborating with home infusion therapy providers to manage patients with infusion therapies at home provides a pathway for home health agencies to enhance revenue.
It is vital for home health nurses to have the knowledge and skills to safely administer infusion therapies at home, prevent catheter related infections, and prevent re-hospitalizations to the best of their abilities. In addition to excellent knowledge of hi-tech infusion therapies, home infusion nurses require peripheral catheter insertion skills and the knowledge to manage all types of central vascular access devices (CVADs) while preventing vascular access and infusion therapy related complications.
This comprehensive Home Infusion Nursing Certificate Program is developed by home infusion therapy experts and geared towards nurses with little or no experience in home infusion therapy, as well as those who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in infusion therapy procedures. Attendees learn to collaborate with infusion providers, provide holistic care, manage patients with complex infusion therapies at home, care for midline catheters, PICC, port-a-caths, and all central vascular access devices (CVADs).
Who should attend?
- RNs planning to enter the home infusion therapy field
- Home health nurses wishing to advance their knowledge and skills in infusion therapy at home
- Clinical managers and supervisors
Legal implications and delegation of home infusion therapy
Describe coordination and initiation of infusion therapies at home
Fundamentals of ambulatory infusion pumps
Guidelines to administer irritant, vesicant medications, and hypertonic infusions
Vascular access device selection criteria
Management of infusion therapies at home:
- IV anti-infective Therapies
- Parenteral hydration
- IV Pain management
- Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
- Immunoglobulins: IV Ig & SC Ig
- Inotropic medications
- Cytotoxic medications
Review catheter related blood stream infection prevention and assessment guidelines
Differences between midline, PICC, non-tunneled, tunneled, and implanted CVADs
Routine care and management of midline catheters, PICC, and other central venous access devices (CVADs):
- Flushing and locking protocols
- Site care and dressing change protocols
- Accessing and de-accessing venous ports
- Blood specimen collection through CVADs
- Prevention and management of thrombotic occlusions
- Removing PICC and non-tunneled CVCs
- Documentation Guidelines