About Course #N1877
Release Date: December 19, 2017
Expiration Date: September 30, 2020
For nurses working in hospitals, placement of a vascular access device for infusion therapy is the most common invasive procedure. Although the skill level in placement of devices is important, knowledge related to evidence-based care for the patient often is lacking. When appropriate care is not provided, it potentially affects clinical outcomes. This course is intended for nurses who administer infusion therapy in all healthcare settings. The course describes different peripheral vascular access devices (VAD), the factors that affect VAD selection and the effects of VAD placement. Selection of a suitable vein site is discussed as well as interventions to decrease pain associated with their insertion. Safety concerns are explained, including issues related to peripheral catheter site rotation, routine site care and protection, flushing and locking, and the risks and benefits of peripheral catheter blood sampling.
This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, course #N1785 - Infusion Therapy: Essentials for Safe Practice, 2nd Edition.
About the Author(s)
Lisa Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI, FAAN, has worked as a clinical nurse specialist in home health since 1985. She currently works for Wheaton Franciscan Home Health and Hospice in Milwaukee, WI. She is the author of more than 40 published journal articles and books and frequently presents on infusion therapy-related topics across the country and internationally. Her primary areas of expertise include infusion therapy, home care, and care of chronically ill adult patients. She served as the 2007-2008 president of the Infusion Nurses Society (INS), is an editor for the INS textbook Infusion Nursing in Clinical Practice: An Evidence-based Approach, and served as the chairperson of the 2011 and 2016 INS Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice Committee. She is currently the chairperson for the Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation Board of Directors and also serves on the editorial board for Home Healthcare Now. Ms. Gorski was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2006 and was awarded the CNS of the Year award in 2011 by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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- Lisa Gorski has disclosed that she is on the speakers' bureau for Genentech and has served on advisory boards for Baxter, Teleflex, ivWatch, and Hospira. She also serves as a speaker for 3M and BD Medical. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence through its peer review process.