This IV Drug Therapy course is designed for all nurses who want to enhance their IV Therapy knowledge and skills including administration of Intravenous Medication as part of their clinical practice updates.

The course provides the chance to practice the skill in a controlled environment. This is a hands-on training course and we encourage participation in all the practical demonstrations and activities. On successful completion students will be awarded a certificate of attendance and are required to gain competency under clinical supervision within their own workplace.

Course Summary

The syllabus covers such topics as:

  • NMC code of conduct
  • Patient identification and consent
  • Legal & professional consideration of IV therapy
  • Basic universal precautions and best practice standards
  • Understand the relevant anatomy (arteries, veins and valves) and common sites for peripheral intravenous cannulation
  • Reasons to cannulate
  • Understand the basic physiology of fluid balance
  • The procedure (site selection, preparation, equipment, insertion, maintenance and removal)
  • Adopt a safe system of prescribing, preparing, and administering injectable medications
  • Accurately calculate injectable drug dosages, rates of administration, and volumes of dilatant
  • Infection control, ANTT approach
  • Potential complications including extravasation and anaphylaxis
  • Know the dangers of hypotonic fluids in children
  • Add a medicine to an intravenous infusion and set up a syringe driver
  • Practical simulation and of practice including competency template

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We understand that your reputation is built on the quality of your staff and training will ultimately play a fundamental part in their approach to caring for others. To find out how Acute can help you, please email us at, or contact us using the methods below:

02920 494 969

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Level: 2

Max attendee’s: 15

Course length: ½ day

This course can be tailored to meet your specific requirements

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