Legal and professional aspects of intravenous therapy
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Legal and professional aspects of intravenous therapy

Katie Scales Senior Nurse, Practice Development, ITU, Harefield Hospital, NHS Trust

This article is the fifth in our series on the Scope of Professional Practice and gives an overview of the legal and professional issues surrounding intravenous therapy. It relates to UKCC professional development categories: Care enhancement and Reducing risk

Aim and intended learning outcomes

The aim of this article is to offer the reader an overview of the professional and legal issues surrounding intravenous (IV) therapy. The move away from 'extended role procedures’, and the development of the Scope of Professional Practice (UKCC 1992a) will be discussed in the context of the practical management of this rapidly expanding area of nursing practice.

Nursing Standard. 11, 3, 41-48. doi: 10.7748/ns.11.3.41.s42

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