IV and Infusion Therapy Workshop for Naturopaths

Program Overview

This course is designed for naturopathic doctors looking to improve  clinical skills to safely administer peripheral vascular access and infusion therapy.

Program Description

This 1-day workshop will provide you with knowledge and skills in IV and infusion therapy relevant to your naturopathic practice. Improve your patient safety standards by learning how to properly administering vascular access and infusion therapy in a simulated environment using devices such as vascular access devices, infusion pumps, and anatomical models.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice their IV insertion, venipuncture, and infection control techniques first hand in the skills laboratory. This program has been approved for 7 Category A IVIT Continuing Education Credits from the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.

How You Will Benefit

  • Increase confidence, skills, and expertise specific to the delivery of peripheral vascular access and infusion therapy
  • Develop theory, assessment and critical thinking to recognize and troubleshoot complications early and reduce malpractice and trauma
  • Apply evidence-based best practice that comply with standards set by provincial, national regulatory bodies to optimize patient safety outcomes
  • Receive 7 Category A IVIT continuing education education credits from the College of Naturopaths of Ontario

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you will be able to

  • demonstrate infection control bundle for initiating peripheral vascular access devices (PVAD)
  • discuss implementation of NAPRA guidelines for safe medication administration for IV push and infusions.
  • identify potential adverse events and ways to reduce their occurrence with PVAD infusions

Who should take this course?

  • Naturopathic doctors/Naturopaths interested in upgrading their IV and infusion therapy skills

Program Details

Health professionals performing vascular access and infusion therapy procedures require specific knowledge to properly insert and maintain vascular access devices.The program is informed by the best available evidence, provincial and federal regulated practice acts, infusion therapy standards of practice, best practice guidelines, Safer Healthcare Now and CDC recommendations for catheter related blood stream infection prevention.


This 1-day course will be delivered in-person at a skills lab using devices such as vascular access devices, infusion pumps, and anatomical models.


  • Pre-test: Knowledge Assessment
  • Venous Anatomy & Physiology
  • Vascular Access Devices—focus on Peripheral devices
  • Infection Control Bundle: skin preparation, no-touch technique, securement & protection
  • Insertion techniques: choosing the right vein and the right catheter; dealing with difficult access


  • Demonstration of no-touch technique, securing catheter and flushing technique
  • Medication safety: admixture, preparation of infusion and IV push medications
  • Infusion guidelines & precautions
  • Care & maintenance of catheter in-situ; post-care management; adverse effects
  • Post-test: Knowledge Assessment



Note: Participants are responsible for assessing their continuing education or membership requirements and submitting their hours for credit.

The program has been approved for 7 Category A Core Activity IVIT  continuing education credits from the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO).





Karen Laforet - RN, MClSc, VA-BC™, CVAA (C)

Director of Clinical Services & Privacy Officer

Karen Laforet is a Registered Nurse with a rich and diverse work history working in US, Germany and Canada.  She is a nurse leader with over 30 years of healthcare experience in critical care, community care, industry and academia in US, Germany and Canada. She is currently the Director Clinical Services for Calea Homecare—a service provider for pharmacy & nursing in the Greater Toronto Area.  She has proven skills in leadership, team building, clinical training and innovation, business development, marketing, and healthcare management.

Karen is currently a Board Member for the Canadian Vascular Access Association (CVAA), member of CVAA’s best practice guideline development group, a committee member for College of Nurses of Ontario, member of International Guideline Development Group for Wound Infection, member of Wounds Canada Policy & Advocacy Committee, and current Past President of the Ontario Wound Care Interest Group (OntWIG).  She is past president and founding Board for the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, former board member of the International Association for Vascular Access, and member of RNAO Best Practice Guideline development team. She sits on the editorial review board for Infusion Nurse’s Society Journal, Diabetic Foot Canada Journal, Journal of Vascular Access.


Accommodation Information

Schulich Executive Hotel on Campus

The Executive Learning Centre features:
• 60 executive style guest rooms on 12 floors each with a queen size bed
• Complimentary high speed internet access
• In room coffee/tea maker
• Wheelchair accessible

Call: Reservations (416)-650-8300

book on-line: www.elc.schulich.yorku.ca

E-mail: reservations@schulich.yorku.ca