Intravenous Push Medication Safety: Reducing the Risk for Patient Harm

Recorded On: 08/29/2019

Commercial support: Fresenius Kabi

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Infusion therapy is commonplace in many clinical settings, as is the administration of intravenous (IV) push medications. It is essential for nurses to have the knowledge to correctly administer IV push medications and manage the associated challenges. This presentation will examine current evidence-based practice, identify potential risks for errors and complications, and make recommendations for safer practices associated with IV push medication administration.

Learning Outcomes: At the end of this program, the learner will be able to:
• Discuss challenges associated with intravenous push medications.
• Examine current evidence and practice related to intravenous push medication safety.
• Identify potential risks and complications related to intravenous push medication.
• Describe best practice for safe IV push medication administration.

Candy Cross, MSN-Ed, RN

Adjunct instructor, Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Candy Cross, MSN-Ed, RN, is an adjunct instructor for Chandler-Gilbert Community College. For the past 5 years she served as the new grad/simulation manager for Dignity Health East Valley, assisting new graduate RNs transition to practice. Prior to that role, she worked in the CVICU for 12 years at a cardiac hospital and 6 years as a clinical education specialist. Candy earned her bachelor’s degree in 2007 from the University of Phoenix and her MSN-Ed from Grand Canyon University in 2011.

Denise Dion, MSN-Ed, RN, PCCN, CNE

Nurse Educator, Central Arizona College

Denise Dion, MSN-Ed, RN, PCCN, CNE, is a nurse educator at Central Arizona College. She has 27 years of experience as a nurse, with the majority of her career spent in cardiac care. She earned her BSN from University of Massachusetts-Boston and an MSN-Ed from the University of Phoenix.  Denise has been working closely with colleagues to bring IV push medication best practice to bedside nurses and nurse faculty throughout Arizona.

CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 1 CRNI® recertification unit and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: August 29, 2022

To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.


INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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