Specialty Program | I.V. Therapy | Selected Topics | Peripheral Venous Access Devices

Illustration of the vascular system.

In this course, focus is on veins and vein layers and insertion techniques. Course actitivies include the workbook, ten videos, two insertion demonstrations, an assignment, post-test and evaluation. You must achieve 80% on the post-test to earn contact hours.

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  • Indications
  • Contraindications
  • Vascular anatomy
  • Peripheral I.V. insertion procedure
  • Nursing care and maintenance
  • Documentation
  • Difficult insertions
  • Support pages:
    Tips for proper EMR documentation
    Complications of peripheral I.V. therapy
    Intraarterial access
    Step by step review of peripheral I.V. catheter placement procedure

    The peripheral midline

Completion Requirements

To earn contact hours for this activity:

  • View/listen to the presentation.
  • Study the handouts.
  • Achieve 80% or higher on the exam. You can take the exam as many times as you wish.
  • Complete the evaluation. 

After submitting the evaluation, you can download and print your certificate. A record of contact hours earned will be in your account for six years.   

Additional program information

Planning Committee
Instructor Biography

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify current I.V. devices used for peripheral I.V. access.
  2. Describe the vascular anatomy related to peripheral and central catheters.
  3. State four appropriate methods for the assessment and distention of veins for peripheral catheterization.
  4. Demonstrate the basic steps involved in the insertion of a peripheral catheter.
  5. Implement accepted standards of care for peripheral catheters.

Additional Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 5.00 Contact hours

Kay Coulter, RN, CRNI, VA-BC

Executive Director, Infusion Knowledge, Inc., Clearwater, Florida; Contracted Instructor, Continuing Nursing Education Department, St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, Florida

Available Credit

  • 5.00 Contact hours


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