Medical and dental assistants (unlicensed assistive personnel / UAP) can place IVs as delegated by a physician / dentist, except those states where it is specifically prohibited. This course will prepare UAPs to prepare, initiate, monitor and discontinue IV fluids as delegated by a licensed independent practitioner or registered nurse.
However, documented education, training and competency validations are required prior to delegating IV therapy tasks to unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP).
This 1-day hands-on training program is developed according to the regulations, infusion therapy standards of practice and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to prevent catheter related blood stream infection.
Certificate of completion and skills validation are provided for attendees who successfully complete the program. Competency assessment may be provided by the attendee’s facility, according to the facility’s policy and procedures.
PLEASE NOTE: Regulations for dental assistants, medical assistants and unlicensed assistive personnel performing IV procedures vary state by state. Please be aware of the medical and dental board regulations for your state.
According to the infusion therapy standards of practice, no tasks related to vascular access device insertion, care, maintenance and administration of any type of IV fluids shall be delegated to nursing assistive personnel (NAP).
On-Site Consultation and Training:
We provide consultations, customized on-site training and precepting to initiate infusion therapy programs. We will research your state’s regulations, prepare infusion therapy policies and procedures and train your staff. Contact us to discuss your needs
Who should attend this training program?
- Medical Assistants
- Certified Dental Assistants
- Respiratory technologists
- Radiology technologists
- Allied healthcare professionals who are required to insert, maintain and remove peripheral catheters as a part of their occupation
Objectives and Content:
- Purpose and methods of intravenous (IV)therapy
- Implications of IV therapy by unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP)
- Difference between peripheral catheters and central vascular access devices
- Different types of IV fluids and indications
- Peripheral IV catheter insertion site selection
- Infection prevention guidelines as it applies to peripheral IV therapy
- Equipment selection and setting up isotonic IV solution
- Venipuncture and short peripheral catheter insertion technique
- Prevention and management of complications
- Documentation guidelines
- Hands-on practice session
Attendees will practice to locate and identify veins on each other and then practice peripheral catheter insertion and troubleshooting techniques on an advanced venipuncture training aid.