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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# AVIR170904R)
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Venipuncture Certification for Radiology Technologist

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Venipuncture Certification for Radiology Technologist

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This course has been designed to provide basic conceptual and operational knowledge to Radiology Technicians who have had limited exposure to infusion therapy principals 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 education after licensure. These requirements vary by state and governing board. This course provides 8 hours of didactic education and complies with California Health & Safety Code 106986, Section 27; Senate Bill No. 1199 The Radiology Technologist is also required to have CPR and First Aid training, for a total of 10 hours of education. 

Competency requirements are obtained and maintained through the healthcare provider's employer, facility or institution, with a preceptor.  Pedagogy has developed skills competency checklists for all infusion related procedures and these are available in the course, for print out and completion with a preceptor. The student is required to perform 10 practice IV insertions under personal supervision with a qualified preceptor, per Senate Bill 1199.

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.



Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
1. Identify infusion related complications, causes and appropriate treatment

2. Identify methods of infection control related to IV therapy

3. State the components of venipuncture education and competency verification required by California Senate Bill No. 1199

4. Demonstrate IV insertion, catheter removal, and Infusion related procedures

5. Review anatomy and physiology of the vessels used for the administration of contrast media

6. List the appropriate steps in establishing an I.V. infusion

7. List the standard components of an anti-anaphylaxis tray

8. List appropriate treatments of contrast media reactions


Chapter 1: Legal Issues

Senate Bill No. 1199; An act to amend Section 106985 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to radiologic technologists.
Regulatory Agencies and Governing Bodies 
Components of a Complete Order 
Legal Terms and Applications 
Protective Measures for Guarding Against Malpractice Lawsuits

Chapter 2: Anatomy and Physiology
The Vascular System: Veins, Arteries and Bone Marrow 
The Three Layers of the Vessels and Their Function 
Differentiating Arteries from Veins
Veins Used in Peripheral Intravenous Therapy for Pediatrics and Adults
Skin‐‐ Anatomy and Physiology

Chapter 3:  Psychological Needs of the IV Patient
Age Specific Needs
Elderly Patient Needs 
Cultural Aspects
Patients with Sensory Deficits 
Methods of Reducing Patient Anxiety 
Patient Teaching/Education

Chapter 4: Fluid and Electrolyte Balance
Water: The Primary Fluid of the Body
Hypovolemia—Dehydration: Assessment, Causes, Treatments 
Hypervolemia—Fluid Overload: Assessment, Causes, Treatments 
Fluid Compartments
Electrolyte Imbalances: Assessment, Causes, Treatments

Chapter 5: pH, Osmolality and Incompatibilities of Solutions and Medications
pH of Intravenous Solutions and Medications
Tonicity: Isotonic Solutions, Hypotonic Solutions and Hypertonic Solutions Incompatibilities
Contrast Agent Osmolaility

Chapter 6: Fluid Regulation
Methods of Fluid Regulation
Patient Considerations in Fluid Regulation
External Factors that Affect the Rate of Flow 
Calculation of IV flow Rates

Chapter 7: Infection Prevention and Safety Compliance
Hand Hygiene
Sharps Management
Medical Waste Disposal
Durable Medical Equipment Disinfection
Standard Precautions
Transmission-Based Precautions

Chapter 8: Vascular Visualization
Trans-illuminator Technology
Near Infrared Technology

Chapter 9: Site Selection and Device Placement
Criteria For Peripheral Devices
3 Types of Peripheral Access And Criteria For Placement
Special Considerations of The Specific Age Groups
General Considerations of Short Peripheral Access 
Veins to Avoid

Chapter 10:  Vascular Access Device Management
Needleless Connectors
Add-on Devices
VAD Stabilization
Joint Stabilization
Site Protection
Flushing and Locking
Assessment, Care, and Dressing Changes
Administration Set Changes

Chapter 11: Complications
Local Complications 
Site Infection
Catheter Occlusion
Nerves—Avoiding Damage
Compartment Syndrome
Systemic Complications

Chapter 12: Procedures Guides and Videos
Pre-insertion Procedures
Peripheral IV Insertion
Primary/Hydration Administration Set-up
Catheter Discontinuation

Chapter 13: Assessment and Documentation
Catheter Insertion Documentation 
Catheter Removal Documentation
Assessment, Monitoring and Documentation 

Chapter 14: Treatment of Contrast Reactions
Identifying Mild, Moderate and Severe Reactions
Acute Contrast Reaction Management
Anti-Anaphylaxis Trays

Chapter 15: Resources
Skill Competency Checklists to be completed with a preceptor
Peripheral IV Insertion
Large Volume Electronic Infusion Device
IV Push


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