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IV fluids, delivery systems, and IV safety

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This course is designed for registered nurses, including clinical nurse specialists and clinical nurse educators currently practicing in the acute or critical care setting, and is highly relevant for nurses working in settings where IV fluids are administered regularly.

This short course is conducted over one day and is equivalent to 7 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be able to:

  • explain the role of fluids within the body relating to the maintenance of cellular function, blood volume and pressure, electrolyte balance and waste removal
  • recognise the key events in the history of IV therapy development, as they relate to the current IV solutions used in practice today
  • list the key indications and drivers for IV Fluid therapy, including resuscitation, replacement, maintenance and drug delivery requirements
  • discuss current trends in IV fluid practice, types of fluids currently used and the benefits/limitations of each type of fluid
  • differentiate the various modes of administration of IV fluid therapy, including access type and related devices
  • identify the differences between vented (open to air) and non-vented (closed to air) delivery systems
  • describe fundamental safety considerations when involved in the preparation of IV fluid therapy, including aseptic preparation, management of IV bags and recommendations for giving sets management.

Date and location

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

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9.00amWelcome and introductions

Body fluid basics


Introduction to IV therapy

10.40amMorning tea

Commonly used fluids

11.40amIV medication administration
12.20pmVenous access devices



Closed vs open systems

2.25pmIV fluid delivery systems

Afternoon tea


Best practice

4.05pmRe-striking of IV bags