There are many agencies, organizations and governing bodies that have developed standards and regulations that affect the provision of IV therapy.
(The Infusion Nurses Society
) – The organization that has developed and published the nationally recognized infusion standards of practice. These are the standards used in a court of law to define the competent provision of infusion therapy.
(The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
) – A federal agency dedicated to the monitoring and prevention of infectious diseases. In November 2002, the CDC published Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections
, which included numerous recommendations which are now widely accepted as the standard for best practice.
(The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
) – A federal agency dedicated to safe industry practice which has developed regulations to promote safety in health care environments, including the use of safety engineered sharps devices.
The Joint Commission
– A national organization that accredits health care organizations that meet its own developed standards of practice. Many private insurance companies, as well as Medicare/Medicaid, stipulate Joint Commission
accreditation for claim payment on their covered patients.