Focuses on cognitive and skill practice for the Colorado scope of practice for the IV /IO endorsement as outlined in the Intravenous / Intraosseous Therapy and Medication Administration course curriculum. Students will learn to describe the roles, responsibilities, and legal considerations of the IV/IO endorsement for the EMT while also learning to identify features of cellular and vascular anatomy and physiology. This course is built to teach students how to assemble intravenous therapy and phlebotomy equipment. The course will demonstrate intravenous therapy, venipuncture, IM technique,intraosseous technique, intramuscular (IM) site selection and preparation, blood glucose testing, methods of parenteral medication administration, and phlebotomy technique, how to compute drip rate and dosage calculations, explain the need for patient assessment in the maintenance of IV therapy, demonstrate intraosseous site selection and preparation.
By the end of the course, a student should be able to explain vascular therapy in the management of adult care and vascular therapy in the management of pediatric care along with discussing the accurate documentation for IV administration, IO placement, and vascular access.
This course will also evaluate pharmacology considerations.