This course is taught with the intent to provide healthcare providers with the proper guidelines
for safe and effective administration of intravenous (IV), intramuscular (IM), subcutaneous
(SubQ) and intradermal (ID) injections. By the end of the course, participants should feel
comfortable and confident in administration of intravenous therapy and other types of
injections as well as how to set up a fully functional intravenous suite.
This course offers practical training with the addition of audio and visual presentations. The
course will be carried out in a lecture-style format consisting of course material and practicum
break-out sessions in which practice will take place on simulation mannequin arms and hands
as well as artificial tissue pads that simulate muscle, subcutaneous, and intradermal tissue,
arteries and veins. Students will gain confidence in their injection and intravenous access skills
on mannequins before attempting access on their partners. There will be opportunity for
questions to be answered during practical break out sessions.
Participants will be provided with a high-resolution color training manual of their lecture notes
from the visual presentations. Participants are required to bring a calculator for Osmolarity and
drip rate calculations as well as pens, paper, and highlighters to note important sections in their
training manuals. It is recommended to come dressed in layers and dressed comfortable
enough to be able to allow access to areas like the arms, legs, and shoulders for practical break
out sessions. The practical training will include the safe and proper preparation and
administration of intravenous (IV), intramuscular (IM), subcutaneous (SubQ) and intradermal
(ID) injections. Practical sessions will also include the successful preparation, insertion, and
discontinuation of at different types of angiocatheters (butterfly needles, standard
angiocatheters, as well as advanced safety bloodless design catheters).
All participants are broken up into groups of 2 or 3 per group. Course lectures and practical
sessions are carried out in an intravenous therapy suite, fully equipped with access to
emergency crash carts, oxygen tanks with regulators, emergency medicines, needles, syringes,
ampules, intravenous bags and carrier solutions, first aid stations, as well as phlebotomy and
intravenous access stations. The goal is for the healthcare provider to see what an intravenous
therapy suite looks like in terms of setup and flow. Participants, by the end of the course,
should feel comfortable and confident with preparation and administration of intravenous and
injectable substances as well as sterile technique compounding and use of ISO Class-5 laminar
air flow hoods following standard USP 797 guidelines.