I am aware that there are places allowing techs to start IVs. The 2 hospitals that I work at allow ED techs who are EMTs/PMs to be trained. A couple of ICUs have 1 or 2 paramedics that we have trained.
Now there is a request to move into the step down units. I am not liking this trend. I see how busy the nurses are and my IV staff are being whittled down, too. I hate to think that allowing techs that I know are not being supervised and have little training and no theory is the answer.
Anybody able to share thoughts or suggest action? I still have some hope that the CNOs will not allow this to go further based on safety and quality.