Management of out-patients on intravenous antibiotics (OPVIA)

This training has been specifically designed to assist Registered Nurses working in Private Hospitals within Aged Care to manage patients with central venous lines who require an extended length of intravenous antibiotic therapy in the comfort of their own facility. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the on line training and practical workshop the RN will be able to: 

  • Discuss OPIVA programme 

  • Explain what a PICC line is 
  • Discuss and demonstrate safe nursing management of a patient with a PICC line 

  • Explain potential complications associated with PICC lines and management 
  • Describe the follow up and support provided by the OPIVA Programme 

  • Demonstrate antibiotic administration options 
  • Demonstrate PICC dressing and injection port change 

Training process

There are two parts to the training:

  • Theory
    The online e-Learning OPIVA training workbook introduces the OPIVA program and best practices related to the care and maintenance of patients with PICC lines receiving long term intravenous therapies.  Once you have completed the workbook you will be issued a certificate via email.
  • Clinical Skills Demonstration and Practice Session
    This is facilitated by the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) IV Access Team.  This demonstration and practice session gives you the opportunity to practice skills associated with the care and management of PICC lines and the methods of administration of intravenous antibiotics in an educational environment. 

To enrol

Please complete the enrolment form and email: OPIVA@middlemore.co.nz.  Instructions for enrolling are on Ko Awatea LEARN website.  Complete online theoretical training and confirmation of your booking into the practical training workshop will be emailed to you.

For more information contact facilitators: Delanie Te Amo or Vicki McCoubrie.