In general, unit nurses are expected to attempt to establish a line with two sticks before consulting the IV Team. More experienced staff may be asked on the unit to attempt. The IV Team consists of one nurse from 6am - 11:30 am, two nurses from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm, and one nurse from 4:30 pm until 10:00 pm. Frequently a backlog of requests occurs given the 1200 -1500 requests per month. The following triage system is used to prioritize the work:
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INS Standards updated
Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice, 2006, may be ordered from the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) Web site: http://www.ins1.org/