Techs starting IVs - page 2

Has anyone heard about a new law that will prevent techs from starting IVs? Our techs are the experts at IV starts; I don't know what the hospital will do if we can't use them!... Read More

  1. by   edogs334
    When I was a tech in the ER, we didn't start IV's, but did phlebotomy all the time. I think that techs not starting IV's had something to do with the nurse practice act in my home state. It was a great relief to the nurses not to have to draw labs themselves. We also did accuchecks, inserted foleys, made fiberglass splints, irrigated wounds, and did a bunch of other skills that don't come to mind right now. Oh yeah, we also d/c'd pt's IV's when the RN's directed us to do so.

    In a way, non-medic PCT's starting IV's is probably not a good thing. An incompetent or sloppy tech (and there are a few) could do a lot of damage if they started IV's with only OJT. Starting saline locks is one thing, but I wouldn't want a non-RN or non-medic pushing heparin into someone's veins. On the contrary, if a tech has paramedic certification, then they should be able to start IV's, because they have received just as much (if not more) didactic, practical and clinical training in starting IV's. Granted, an IV nurse might know more about venous access compared to a medic, but regular RNs don't receive as much training on starting IV's as medics do. I'm a nursing student, so I can at least speak from my own experience.
    Last edit by edogs334 on May 31, '08
  2. by   flightnurse2b
    i am an EMT-P and started IV's in the ER i worked at as well as was on the IV team and went up to the floors almost nightly. i work in an Endoscopy unit now, and i start all the IV's there (ends up being about 20 a day) and also float to nuclear lab, CT scan, etc (i work in a diagnostic clinic) to start IV's when needed. it is within my scope of practice to start IV's, maintain IV's and push certain IV meds. the RNs i work with have flat out told me if i left they would be lost without me because they have only started IVs on dummy arms.
  3. by   DaretoDreamRN
    In my ED , they are called Multi Functional Techs , and they start IV's all the time but only in the ED. CNA's cannot start IV's , but if they are trained as MFT's in the ED, then they can start IV's. When i was a brand new nurse, the techs taught me how to start IV's. Some techs actually do better inserting IV's than a lot of nurses I know.
  4. by   DSkelton711
    And I wonder why nurses can't find jobs. We are being outsourced like everything else.
  5. by   carlyn0726
    Very well said
  6. by   victoriataye
    Can a cardiac (EKG) tech spike a .9% iv, prime the line, connect it, turn the roller clamp and maintain the patency of the IV? Is this against the law? I am desperate to find out the legalities on this issue. My understanding for the past 24 years as an RN is that only an RN could do this.

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