SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 0.00
ECTS Credit Points 0.00
Module Code M1B823960
Module Leader n/a
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Diagnostic Imaging
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)-A (September start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • B (January start)-A (September start)-B (January start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-A (September start)
  • B (January start)-A (September start)
  • C (May start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Available to qualified diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers and any other healthcare professional with the appropriate education and expertise.

Summary of Content

-107 The CPD course is designed to provide an appropriate trainee learning environment in order to support the acquisition of theoretical, clinical, professional and inter-personal skills to competently undertake IV administration within an evidenced based healthcare environment. The course aims to provide a programme which will enable the successful participant to effectively administer intravenous injections and develop expertise in intravenous injection procedures. In accordance with College of Radiographers (2011) the CPD course aims to: -360b7 provide the appropriate theoretical background for practitioners to undertake intravenous injections. -360b7 allow practitioners to develop clinical expertise in intravenous injection procedures. -107 The CPD course is designed to ensure clinical competency in the focused area of Intra-venous Injections (contrast media) by delivering the theoretical underpinning whilst students engage in practice concurrently, thus facilitating the application of theoretical principles to practice. The clinical element of the programme requires the student to be able to have regular access to intravenous injecting, with the support of an appropriate mentor (this is not provided by GCU). Evidence of this is required prior to entry


The course syllabus reflects the critical areas of focused learning that participants will need to study in order to ensure competence to practise on successful completion of the IV course. -360b7 Anatomy: venous drainage, arterial supply to specific organs, surface anatomy, injection sites, the cubital fossa. -360b7 Physiology: fluid compartments, fluid shifts, homeostasis, blood brain barrier b7 Immunological/toxicological response. b7 Infection control protocols: immunisation, aseptic techniques, needle stick incidents, disposal of waste. b7 Contrast media: past, present and future, ionic versus non-ionic, patient selection, risk groups, identification of reactions, contra-indications e.g Metformin therapy, management of reactions, emergency equipment and drugs. b7 Pump Injector Protocols: Procedures, risks and management of extravasation. b7 Medico-legal aspects: written schemes of work, protocols, legal issues, patient group directions (PGDs) in accordance with current documentation. b7 Venepuncture procedures and protocols: theory, preparation, cannulation and administration. b7 Audit and CPD Adverse reactions, etc

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course which includes clinical assessments participants should be able to:- " Discuss the role of the practitioner in the administration of intravenous injections;" Demonstrate the professional and medico-legal implications of this role;" Draw up criteria under which practitioners may undertake intravenous injections;" Demonstrate the ability to assess risk groups and profile the patient for suitability for intravenous injection by the practitioner;" Negotiate and implement departmental protocols for the administration of intravenous injections by practitioners;" Demonstrate understanding of the pharmacological and physiological principles of medicines administered in clinical practice;" Explain and undertake the procedure of intravenous substance administration;" Explain and implement the safety precautions associated with intravenous administration; " Recognise and deal appropriately with any adverse reaction to intravenous administration." Evaluate and assess the procedure of administering intravenous injections.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Learning strategies will range from key note lectures and blended learning resources which will provide theoretical underpinning to practice based tutorials which will consolidate learning and rehearse practical skills. Clinical based learning, an intrinsic part of the module, will take place at the students' placements where individual mentorship will encourage problem solving and reflective practice. Emphasis is placed on the student achieving autonomy and competence to carry out intra-venous injections. Enabling strategies in the clinical placement will reflect this approach. The virtual e-learning environment - GCU Learn- offers a forum for exchange of information and ideas among participants with the intention of broadening their learning experience and encouraging students to become autonomous, reflective learners who assume responsibility for their learning to achieve clinical competency. The Log Book will be utilised as a learning tool throughout the course, enabling the student to evidence clinical competency and providing a vehicle for continuing development.

Indicative Reading

CARO J, TRINDADE E, MCGREGOR M. , 1991, The risks of death and of severe nonfatal reactions with high vs low-osmolality contrast media: a meta-analysis. American Journal of Roentgenology, 156 , pp. 825-832. COLLEGE OF RADIOGRAPHERS , 2011, Course of Study for the Certification of Competence in Administering Intravenous Injections, London, College of Radiographers. HEINRICH et al , 2009 , Contrast Media: Iodixanol vs Nonionic Contrast Media Nephrotoxicity Radiology: 250 (1), pp68-86. KATAYAMA H, et al 1990 Adverse reactions to ionic and non-ionic contrast media. A report from the Japanese Committee on the Safety of Contrast Media. Radiology , 175, pp . 621-628. KEENAN L, MUIR C. & CUTHBERTSON L. M., 2001. Maximising the benefit - minimising the risk: the developing role of the radiographer in performing Intravenous Injections, British Journal of Radiology, 74 , pp. 684-689. ROYAL COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGISTS, 2009, Metformin: Updated guidance for Patients with Renal Impairment , London, Royal College of Radiologists Useful links <> <>

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Inject in a professional manner within an ethical and legal framework. -360b7 Verbal and written reporting b7 Decision making b7 Accurate record keeping b7 Inform and develop own practice, b7 Leadership

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Independent Learning (FT) 125.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 45.00 30.00 60% MCQ/Short Response
Short Review n/a 20.00 40% Short review (1000words)
Log Book n/a 50.00 35% Evidence of clinical competency (log of 35 injections). To be completed within 6 months