What is IV Therapy? - Definition, History, Types & Complications


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Which discovery during the early 20th century significantly decreased the complications associated with blood transfusions?

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1. If someone was in pain and needed relief right away, which type IV therapy would the patient receive?

2. Which healthcare providers are allowed to administer blood products for a blood transfusion?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Intravenous (IV) therapy occurs when a fluid substance is provided as a medical treatment through a needle, and this worksheet and assessment combination will quiz you on your knowledge of IV therapy. The questions ask you about the history of IV therapy as well as measuring your understanding about the process of administering an IV.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz, you will be tested on:

  • Methods of delivering pain medication through an IV
  • Discoveries that decreased blood transfusion complications
  • Preventing infections during IV therapy
  • The healthcare providers qualified to perform a blood transfusion

Skills Practiced

The following skills will be tested with this quiz and worksheet:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the history and possible complications of IV therapy from the related lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the discovery of blood groups and pyrogens and interpret it correctly
  • Define key concepts - confirm that you can accurately define main phrases, such as IV push and IV piggy back
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the three types of IV therapy

Additional Learning

To learn more about IV therapy, review the associated lesson entitled What is IV Therapy? - Definition, History, Types, & Complications. This lesson addresses the following objectives:

  • Define intravenous (IV) therapy and learn the history of IV therapy
  • Identify the three types of IV therapy
  • Know the methods that can be used to deliver pain medication and antibiotics through an IV
  • Understand the complications that could arise during IV therapy
  • Name the trained personnel that are permitted to administer a blood transfusion