New Intravenous Therapy in the Community Setting practice standard published

Following a recent consultation with registrants and key stakeholders, the Intravenous Therapy in the Community Setting practice standard has been published to the College website. The College recognizes that intravenous (IV) therapy provided in the community can be highly beneficial to both patients and the health-care system at large, such as by preventing hospital admissions and facilitating early discharge. However, providing IV therapy in the community setting requires effective oversight, clear policies, and appropriately trained health professionals to ensure safe and competent care.

A new Intravenous Therapy in the Community Setting practice standard was drafted to outline the College’s expectations of registrants who provide IV therapy in a community setting (i.e. a registrant-run office that is not affiliated with a hospital, health authority or is an accredited private medical or surgical facility).

The College sought input on the draft practice standard by consulting with registrants and key health partners such as other BC health regulators, the Ministry of Health, and the Physician Medical Services Executive Council. This consultation ran from June 8 to 26, 2020. A total of 170 registrants shared their views on the clarity of the draft practice standard, and whether they identified any potential gaps or unintended implications when applying the standard to practice. The feedback gathered led to several further amendments, such as the inclusion of clear examples of the types of IV therapy to which the practice standard applies.

The revised practice standard was endorsed by the Board then published to the College website.

Registrants who choose to provide IV therapy in a community setting or direct another regulated health-care professional to do so, must be aware of and adhere to the requirements set out in the practice standard. This practice standard does not apply to complementary and alternative therapies.

The College thanks all those who participated in the consultation on the draft practice standard. Any questions regarding the revised Intravenous Therapy in the Community Setting standard can be directed to communications@cpsbc.ca.