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Intravenous Medications

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

CE: 4.5 hours Pharmacology: 4.5 hours
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Course Summary

Although information on infusion therapy can vary, there are basic guidelines that nurses are expected to know in order to meet knowledge needs and practical experience requirements in the performance of infusion therapy. All nurses, whether they are certified in infusion therapy or not should understand the basic principles of administering certain infusion medications, benefits and risks. The purpose of this course is to provide nurses with the knowledge needed to safely administer some of the more common intravenous medications.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Intravenous Infusion: Benefits, Risks and Disadvantages
    1. Nitroglycerin
    2. Insulin
    3. Heparin
  3. Vasopressors And Inotropes
    1. General Principles for the Use of Vasopressors and Inotropes
    2. Dobutamine
    3. Dopamine
    4. Isoproterenol
    5. Norepinephrine
    6. Phenylephrine
    7. Epinephrine
    8. Vasopressin
    9. Milrinone
  4. Beta-Blockers
    1. Esmolol
    2. Labetalol
  5. Calcium-Channel Blockers
    1. Diltiazem
    2. Nicardipine
    3. Verapamil
  6. Vasodilators
    1. Nitroglycerine
    2. Nitroprusside
  7. Antiarrhythmics
    1. Amiodarone
    2. Lidocaine
    3. Procainamide
  8. Medication Safety Issues
  9. Summary


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