INTRAVENOUS ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICINES IV
Some medications are given by an intravenous (IV) injection, this means that they are sent directly into your vein using a needle or tube. The term “intravenous” means “into the vein.”
With intravenous administration of medicines, a thin plastic tube called an IV catheter is inserted directly into your vein. The catheter allows healthcare professionals to administer safe doses of medication, without the need to re-insert a needle each time.
Intravenous medication is used because of the control it provides over dosage. In some situations, patients must be given medication very quickly, this can include situations such as a heart attack, stroke, or poisoning. In these situations, taking tablets or liquids by mouth may not work fast enough to get the drugs into the patients bloodstream. Intravenous administration, however, quickly sends the medication directly into the bloodstream.
The course is open to any individual with the authority to administer prescribed medicines intravenously as part of their occupational role.
This course will focus only on the theoretical components relating to the IV Administration of Medicines.
Completion of the course does NOT deem the participant competent to administer prescribed medicines intravenously.
A Certificate of attendance will be issued on successful completion of the course.
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