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Module 3: Introduction

    Did you know there are three methods used to administer IV fluids and medications? They are: (1) direct IV medication administration (2) continuous IV infusion, and (3) intermittent IV infusion.

    Nurses play a critical role in preparing and administering IV fluids and medications to their clients. It is very important for you to know how to calculate IV flow rates, verify compatibility of the IV solution and the medication being administered via the IV route, checking and maintaining patency of the IV access device, as well as the regulation of various IV infusion devices.

    With practice, practice, practice you will become a "star" at calculating IV infusion times, flow rates, and the necessary amount of time to administer "IV Push" medications.

    Remember, safety first!