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Can an lpn perform iv therapy on a central line?Where would I find out if an LPN can...

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chriszmann | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 15, 2008 at 3:30 PM via web

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Can an lpn perform iv therapy on a central line?

Where would I find out if an LPN can give meds through a central line?

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stacyer | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 31, 2009 at 3:34 PM (Answer #2)

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LPNs are generally not allowed to administer medications through any IV line without specialized training. For example, in the state Iowa (where I live) this is the major difference between LPNs and RNs. As an RN, my program of study included how to adminster medications through IV lines safely. In order to determine if LPNs may administer medications through an IV line check with your state's board of nursing.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 15, 2012 at 8:05 AM (Answer #3)

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The term LPN describes a Licensed Practical Nurse. A LPN provides basic bedside nursing services, such as checking vital signs and taking samples for testing. The RN actually requires more training and education and has greater responsibilities. The RN is more likely to administer medication.
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dano7744 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 26, 2012 at 5:06 PM (Answer #4)

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The best thing to do would be to check with your manager. I know that some institutions allow LPN's to give medications through a central line and others do not. Always adhere to your institutions policy and procedure in this regard. If your institution doesn't allow this you could act as a change agent to get the policy changed.

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