CHAPTER 1: LEGAL
The licensed healthcare professional who chooses to engage in IV therapy administration must have knowledge of the legal implications and professional responsibility this entails. Increasingly, infusion therapy is becoming more commonplace in all settings of nursing practice. Studies have reported that 61% of the most serious adverse drug events are related to IV therapy.
A solid knowledge of the fundamental practices and principles of infusion therapy are necessary to achieve positive outcomes for the patient. Infusion related lawsuits are at an all-time high. The practitioner should have a sound understanding of the legal process and knowledge of the standards that are expected from a healthcare professional practicing IV therapy.