Substantial harm associated with failure of chronic paediatric central venous access devices.

Posted by Amanda Ullman on 13 September 2017
Ullman AJ, Kleidon T, Cooke M, Rickard CM. Substantial harm associated with failure of chronic paediatric central venous access devices. BMJ Case Reports. 2017. Central venous access devices (CVADs) are essential to modern paediatric healthcare, however device complications and failures remain high. This case study illustrates the complex and harmful experience of a young child with CVAD dependency and failure due to 'short gut syndrome' (significant bowel resection as a result...
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REDUCCTION Study

Posted by Rita Nemeth on 30 August 2017
REDUcing the burden of dialysis Catheter ComplicaTIOns: a National approach (REDUCCTION study) This national NHMRC funded study is being led by The George Institute for Global Health to explore the implementation of a new intervention suite for insertion and management of central dialysis catheters. The study commenced in 2016 and involves 4 phases
1. Building electronic data capture systems
2. Baseline data collection using newly developed system across several platforms
3. Interv...
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How many is too many?

Posted on 10 August 2017
How many is too many?

Every day around the world, too many patients undergo complications from vascular access devices. Our mission is to make vascular access complications history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcfbzGU4bbA

Please view and share widely.

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Vascular Access Education and Discussion Forum in Victoria

Posted by Rita Nemeth on 26 July 2017
Vascular Access Education and Discussion Forum in Victoria
Patency, flushing, locking, occlusions.
Evidence and practice recommendations for PIVs and CVADs.


VENUE: AMREP Education Centre, Alfred Hospital,
Seminar Room, 89 Commercial Rd, Melbourne

COST: Free

RSVP: Kerrie Curtis kerrie.curtis@austin.org.au

DATE: Thursday 24th August 2017
TIME: 6.00pm Refreshments, 6.45 8.30pm

PARTICIPATION VIA VIDEO CONFERENCE IS WELCOMED
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Dr Evan Alexandrou recognised for his contribution to vascular access

Posted on 3 July 2017

Dr Evan Alexandrou, a Senior Lecturer within the University's School of Nursing and Midwifery, was presented with a 'Hero of Liverpool' award at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre on 26 June 2017.

Read more about Evan's achievements here.

 

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State of the Art Seminar- videos from the day

Posted by Rita Nemeth on 22 June 2017
State of the Art Seminar- videos from the day
State of the Art Seminar videos from the day On March 6  around 100 dedicated clinicians attended the inaugural AVATAR State of the Art in Vascular Access Management seminar, held at Rydges Parramatta.  A key aim of the seminar was to present both the evidence and the art of vascular access care in relation to peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs); central venous access devices (CVADs) and paediatric vascular access. Attendees were a mixed bunch with vascular access clinician...
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'Did You Know?' The AVATAR website has a new feature

Posted by Marie Cooke on 20 June 2017
'Did You Know?' The AVATAR website has a new feature
A Griffith University student group took on the challenge to work with us to create an interactive web-based application that would be useful and relevant to anyone interested in vascular access devices (VAD). This app called 'Did You Know?' formed part of the students' assessment and we are delighted with the results. Check it out here! 'Did You Know?' includes three core features. 1.  Device Types Here you can visualise the 5 common types of VAD, ...
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Accidental Dislodgement of IV Catheter or Tubing Survey

Posted by Nancy Moureau on 20 June 2017
This is a research project to gain knowledge and understanding of accidental intravenous (IV) catheter or tubing dislodgement, the frequency, the perception of safety and level of risk to the patient. To lay the foundation for this research, we are surveying clinicians to identify current practice and perceptions. This survey is designed to assess opinions of practicing clinicians, all others will be excluded. Your participation in this validated survey will take approximately 5 minute...
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Ten Tips for dressing and securement of IV device wounds

Posted by Claire Rickard, Amanda Ullman, Tricia Kleidon, Nicole Marsh on 13 June 2017
Ten Tips for dressing and securement of IV device wounds, Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal 2017;24(10):32-34. Reprinted with permission of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation. Nurses insert and care for more than two billion intravascular (IV) devices globally each year. A wound is created for each IV insertion, and the wound cannot heal while the IV remains. Usually, millions of microorganisms live on our skin and cause no harm. However, insertion of an IV ...
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