Regulatory Agencies and Governing Bodies

There are many agencies, organizations and governing bodies that have developed standards and regulations that affect the provision of IV therapy. 

INS (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. 

CDC (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. 

OSHA (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.