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Kevin Stansbury
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Kevin Stansbury, MBA, BS, RN, VA-BC, is a Registered Nurse with over 25 years experience in the medical field including critical care, emergency medicine, and infusion therapy.


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Intraosseous Access Devices

An online continuing education course for nurses, medical health care professionals, and other interested individuals.

"Evidence based Medicine" is the gold standard for infusion therapy as well as vascular access. This course will teach you about intraosseous (IO) devices on the market today. Evidence and scientific research has been collected for over a decade; and it is proving true that an IO device is a very effective infusion method. Healthcare providers will also learn about the different types of IO devices, insertion and removal steps, complications, contraindications, and much more.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

1. Describe the purpose of the Intraosseous Device
2. Discuss the indications for use of an IO device
3. Describe the different types of bones used for an IO device
4. Discuss and describe bone structure
5. Identify the different blood supplies to the bone cortex
6. Discuss and Demonstrate the proper location for IO insertion
7. Identify the types of IO devices
8. List 4 primary site for using an IO device
9. Compare and contrast the rates of infections for IO devices, PIV’s, and CVC’s
10. Identify at least four complications of IO devices
11. Describe contraindications for IO placement
12. Determine which size Needle Set is most appropriate for EZ-IO device
13. Discuss and demonstrate the proper steps for insertion of the different IO devices
14. Discuss and demonstrate how to care for and remove the different IO devices
15. Discuss drugs and fluids NOT acceptable for IO use
16. Describe other considerations when using an IO device


Chapter 1
Introduction to Intraosseous Devices

  • History
  • Purpose of an IO
  • Indications for Use

Chapter 2
Anatomy and Physiology of Bones
  • Types of Bones
  • Compact Bone
  • Cancellous Bone
  • Osteons
  • Blood Supply of Bone
  • Nutrient artery
  • Periosteal arteries
  • Epiphyseal arteries

Chapter 3
Types of Devices
  • Manual
  • Impact Driven
  • Drill Powered

Chapter 4
Intravenous Catheters‐Intraosseous Devices, and Central Venous Catheters
  • Rates of Infection
  • Complications
  • Position Statements

Chapter 5
Education and Training
  • Insertion of IO Devices
  • EZ‐IO Insertion (cont)
  • Removal of IO devices

Chapter 6
Other Considerations
  • Pain Management
  • Contraindications
  • Other Considerations

Course Snapshot

Cost: $ 40.00
Contact Hours: 4.5


After successful completion the licensed nurse: RN, LPN/LVN will receive 4.5 contact hours. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467 and by the Florida Board of Nursing, CE Broker Tracking # is 20-347473.

This document must be retained by the licensee for a period of four years after the course concludes.

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