IV Insertion and Removal
Clark, a 51-year-old male, requires an IV insertion as a pre-operative measure. As a nurse, your job is to place the IV correctly and as painlessly as possible. You will also have to remove the IV at the end of the treatment, or when directed by the attending physician.
Insertion of an IV cannula and its removal is a very common procedure that every nursing professional performs on multiple occasions. This VR session on IV insertion and removal provides learners practice in the skill to help them perform it smoothly and with confidence.
- Preparing the patient for the procedure by confirming identity and selecting the ideal vein for insertion
- Palpating the vein for clear visibility
- Performing the insertion in a smooth and painless manner
- Removing the IV carefully
- Applying a gauze over the insertion site after removal
- Developed in alignment with CDC Guidelines.
- Standard 26. Vascular Access Device (VAD) planning. Infusion therapy standards of practice. (2016). Journal of Infusion Nursing.
- Infusion Nurses Society. (2016). Policies and Procedures for Infusion Therapy (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Infusion Nurses Society.
Core Skills Training
A well-planned preparation is followed by a smooth procedure. This is one of the key stages to ensure the preparedness of the healthcare professional as well as the patient. This lesson involves steps like confirming the patient’s identity and selecting the appropriate vein for insertion. The session is enhanced with adequate affordances, realistic environments and a responding virtual patient.
With the patient’s identity confirmed and the vein located, insertion is the next step. This step involves palpating the vein for clear visibility and performing the insertion. Detailed instructions are provided with appropriate affordances required for practice. Haptic feedback provides realistic experiences.
Removal of an IV also requires the same amount of practice as the insertion, calling for extreme care and caution. This lesson provides practice in removing the IV and applying the gauze over the insertion site. Detailed instructions are provided to guide the learner throughout the procedure. The learner is also provided to safely dispose the extracted IV.
With prompts, guidance and affordances learners are hand-held through the process to practice the procedure in a virtual environment with a virtual patient.
- Photorealistic Virtual Environment
- Physics-based Interactions
- Learn by Doing
- Visual Affordances
Test skills to perform the procedures from start to finish without prompts. An incorrect step will take the learner back to the start to start afresh.
- Live Scoring
- Instant Feedback
- Unlimited Practice Sessions
- LMS Integration