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Intravenous therapy is the infusion of liquid substances directly into a vein. Intravenous simply means “within vein”. Therapies administered intravenously are often included in the designation of specialty drugs. Intravenous infusions are commonly referred to as drips because many systems of administration employ a drip chamber, which prevents air from entering the blood stream (air embolism), and allows an estimation of flow rate.

Intravenous therapy may be used to correct electrolyte imbalances, to deliver medications, for blood transfusion or as fluid replacement to correct, for example, dehydration. Intravenous therapy could also be used for chemotherapy.

Compared with other routes of administration, the intravenous route is the fastest way to deliver fluids and medications throughout the body. The bioavailability of the medication is 100% in IV therapy.

Course Features

  • Lectures 11
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 30 Hours
  • Skill level All level
  • Language English
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
  • I.V. Therapy Certification

    • Lecture 1.1 CHAPTER 64B9-12 Preview 30m
    • Lecture 1.2 Introduction to IV therapy Preview 35m
    • Lecture 1.3 Fluids, Electrolytes, and I.V. Therapy Locked 55m
    • Lecture 1.4 Considerations of I.V. therapy Locked 50m
    • Lecture 1.5 Central Venous Therapy Locked 40m
    • Lecture 1.6 Transfusion Therapy Locked 1h10m
    • Lecture 1.7 Parenteral Therapy Locked 1h0m
    • Lecture 1.8 Chemotherapy Locked 30m
    • Lecture 1.9 Glossary Locked 30m
    • Lecture 1.10 Bibliography Locked 30m
    • Lecture 1.11 Additional Calculation Practice Locked 30m
  • Quiz

    • Quiz 2.1 IV Therapy Locked15 questions


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