Date Published

August 22, 2012

Updated For

ALS PCS Version ALS PCS Version 5.2


Question: I'm an ACP in my primary service, but I am working as a PCP in a different service. Does my IV certification status automatically transfer directly to the service in which I am working as a PCP? If so, I have not been trained on the equipment being used in my PCP service and would prefer not to use my IV skills there. Am I obliged to?


 In short, yes, your ACP IV certification automatically transfers therefore making you an IV certified PCP in your secondary service.

This being said, we would encourage you to practice your skills in the best interest of your patients. If this means that you must correspond with your service to obtain additional training on the equipment you are unfamiliar with then you should. Withholding medications or fluid from a patient who needs them may prove to be detrimental to their health and so we encourage you to use your skills and knowledge appropriately in all cases.

If you're able to provide a patient in need with medications or fluid via an intravenous in accordance with the medical directives, then the SWORBHP Medical Council believes that you should.



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