This course has been designed to provide basic conceptual and operational knowledge to Radiology Technicians, MRI Technologists, Ultrasound Technologists, and Sonographers who have had limited exposure to infusion therapy principles and practice. As the science of infusion therapy advances and technology expands, it is imperative that all healthcare clinicians practicing infusion therapy remain current in their knowledge of infusion therapies, principles, techniques, equipment, and the latest in infusion evidence-based practices.
Intravenous administration of contrast materials in the radiology setting brings forth another aspect to intravenous protocols and procedures. A Radiology Technologist may administer intravenous contrast media under the general supervision of a physician. In order to provide for the safe administration of contrast media, those persons administering contrast media and those performing the diagnostic imaging procedures must have an understanding of the indications for use of contrast media, the equipment needed for safe administration, as well as the potential risks and side effects and its management.
Many governing boards require the Radiology Technologist to have infusion therapy and venipuncture education after licensure. These requirements vary by state and governing board. This course provides 10 hours of didactic education and the skill check-off lists for all infusion related procedures and these are available in the course to print out and completion with a preceptor. Competency requirements are obtained and maintained through the healthcare provider's employer, facility or institution, with a preceptor. The number of times a procedure must be repeated to demonstrate competency will be determined by the employer or as stipulated by the governing agency of the profession.
Videos are included as a teaching component of this course and the participant will be required to have available access to YouTube to view the videos.
If you are practicing in California, this course does not include the required first aid education. Please see the IV Education and Venipuncture Certification for California Radiology Technologists course!
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
Chapter 1: Legal Issues
Chapter 2: Anatomy and Physiology
Chapter 3: Psychological Needs of the IV Patient
Chapter 4: Fluid and Electrolyte Balance
Chapter 5: pH, Osmolality and Incompatibilities of Solutions and Medications
Chapter 6: Fluid Regulation
Chapter 7: Infection Prevention and Safety Compliance
Chapter 8: Vascular Visualization
Chapter 9: Site Selection and Device Placement
Chapter 10: Vascular Access Device Management
Chapter 11: Complications
Chapter 12: Procedures Guides and Videos
Chapter 13: Assessment and Documentation
Chapter 14: Treatment of Contrast Reactions
Chapter 15: Resources
Chapter 16: References
The AVIR is a Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RCEEM) for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). This educational activity is approved by the AVIR for ARRT Category A+ Credit for 8.00 contact hours. (AVIR REF# AVIR191010R). CE Approval date 10/09/2021, expires 10/09/2023.