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Pamela Clark

Pamela Clark, CRNI, is a Nurse Manager for Healix, a leader in the field of parenteral services. She has more than 28 years of experience in infusion therapy and infusion education with both licensed nurses and patients. Her experience spans multiple infusion settings including: acute care, long-term care, home infusion, and ambulatory infusion care. She also has experience in oncology and oncology research.

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All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.

This course is accredited by the following boards:

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467, course provides 1.00 contact hours.

This document must be retained by the licensee for a period of four years after the course concludes.

Course approved by the AR,DC,FL,GA,SC Board of Nursing, CE Broker Tracking     , for 1.00 contact hours. CE Provider #: 50-13256.
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Prevention and Management of Intravenous Extravasation

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Prevention and Management of Intravenous Extravasation
For a complete list of accreditations for this course, please see the accreditation information box below the author’s bio.  All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.

Intravenous therapy is one of the most common nursing processes. However, administering medications and/or solutions intravenously is not without significant risk. One of these risks is extravasation, the inadvertent infusion of a vesicant into tissue rather than into the intended venous system. This complication can result in catastrophic injury and is the basis of a large number of malpractice lawsuits. To protect the nurse, the facility, other members of the healthcare team and, most of all, the patient, the nurse must be knowledgeable regarding appropriate I.V. sites, which drugs and solutions are vesicants, and the appropriate actions to take in the event of an extravasation. Extravasations cannot be eliminated in all circumstances, but appropriate care can minimize the risk, as well as the negative effects when it does occur. This instructional course has been designed to provide the relevant information needed to meet this goal and provides 1 contact hour of continuing education.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

1. Distinguish the difference between an infiltration and an extravasation.

2. Describe INS and ONS standards of practice related to vesicant

3. Discuss appropriate measures to prevent an extravasation.

4. Recognize at least three classes of drug generally accepted as vesicants.

5. Discuss at least four measures used to treat extravasations.


Chapter 1- Introduction
   A.   Definitions
   B.   Scope of the Problem
   C.   Liability
   D.   Standards of Practice

Chapter 2- Prevention

Chapter 3 -Vesicant Lists
   A.   Antineoplastic Agents
   B.   Non-cytotoxic Agents

Chapter 4 - Treatments
   A.   Antidotes
   B.   Administration

Chapter 5 - Documentation

Chapter 6 - References
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