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Are nurses certified in IV insertion?

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Hospitals usually requires nurses to obtain certification in IV insertion. However, certification often involves on-the-job training with the hospital's IV team, rather than a formal course. Certification usually involves completion of a set number of IV sticks. Specialized types of IV lines, including peripherally inserted central catheters, require additional certification.

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In some states, only registered nurses are permitted to start IV lines. Licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses may maintain the lines, but they may be restricted from administering certain blood products.

As first responders, paramedics are trained to start IV lines. They do not require separate certification, since the task is a basic job requirement.

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