While every state has its own unique requirements about who is qualified to perform IV Therapy, in general the following types of practitioners are allowed to perform intravenous therapies:
Medical doctors and naturopaths must complete some continuing education courses that enable them to administer IV Therapy. Most nurses receive the proper education during their schooling regarding how to administer IV lines; however, this varies according to where they attended school and what kind of nursing degree was obtained.
Surgeons are able to insert IVs because training in this type of procedure is obtained very early in their education. Practitioners such as chiropractors, acupuncturists and physical therapists are not allowed to give IV Therapy.
While IV Therapy is a low risk and simple procedure, physicians must be trained in how to correctly administer an IV. Because a line is being inserted into the vein during IV Therapy, only practitioners that have extensive education and that specialize in intravenous therapy are allowed to perform the procedure. Risk such as air embolism, bruising, and hematomas have an increased likelihood of occurring with an untrained physician. IV Therapy specialists must be licensed medical practitioners, and the rules vary from state to state on who is able to administer IV Therapy.