Thinking of starting a business where we go to a persons home to administer an I.V. There are safety I.V. catheters that use plastic instead of sharp metals. Under what circumstances, if any, would we be allowed leave the patient behind with instructions on how to remove the I.V. themselves?
Make sure that your liability insurance is fully paid up, and prepare to defend your license -- if you have one.
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This seems like a very bad idea. What could possibly go wrong?
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Can you do it? That would depend on whether a professional license is required to administer an IV and whether your care givers have the appropriate license.
As for leaving the IV in and advising the patient how to remove it on their own, it sounds like an incredibly dangerous practice which is likely to get your company sued into oblivion if anything ever goes seriously wrong for a patient. Make sure you can get adequate liability coverage and discuss this practice with your insurer to make sure you are covered.
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