Understanding Chest and Neck Veins for Vascular Access: A Comprehensive Overview, by Dr Linda Kelly

Posted on 30 May 2023
Understanding Chest and Neck Veins for Vascular Access: A Comprehensive Overview, by Dr Linda Kelly
When it comes to vascular access, a thorough understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the veins in the chest and neck is vital. These veins serve as crucial pathways for the insertion of various catheters, such as acute central venous catheters (CVCs), totally implanted central catheters (TIVADs), and tunnelled central venous catheters (TCVCs). In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the intricacies of chest and neck veins and delve into important considerations for achieving safe ...
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Unleashing Innovation and Collaboration: ACIPC Conference 2023

Posted on 19 May 2023
The 2023 ACIPC International Conference is just around the corner, and the Board of Directors is thrilled to invite you to be a part of this exciting event. Set to take place from November 12th to 15th, this year's conference will be held in a hybrid format, combining in-person sessions at the Adelaide Convention Centre in South Australia with online participation. Under the captivating theme "Driving Forward: Embracing Fundamentals and Charting a Path for the Future," the conf...
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AVATAR April Newsletter

Posted on 11 May 2023
We are pleased to share the April edition of AVATAR's newsletter, which highlights some of our recent events and achievements. One of the highlights was the 50th Anniversary Infusion Nurses Society (INS) Annual Meeting, where several members of AVATAR had the opportunity to showcase their excellent work, including Professors Nicole Marsh, Amanda Ullman, and Andrew Bulmer, among others. The event was a great success and marked a significant milestone for the INS. We're also excited t...
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Taking Blood Samples from a PIVC: Yes or No?

Posted by Dr Linda Coventry on 21 March 2023
We are often asked if it's okay to take blood samples from a peripheral intravenous catheter (aka PIVC, cannula). In Australia, each state has a different policy, however, most allow blood draws on insertion of the cannula. The Infusion Nurses Society Standards of Practice 8th edition (2021, page S129) has the following recommendations, based on evidence: "Risks associated with sampling from a PIVC include hemolysis of the sample, contamination of the sample from infusing...
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Medication Administration Evaluation and Feedback Tool (MAEFT)

Posted by Dr Karen Davies on 16 March 2023
In my 19 years as a Safe Medication Practice Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC), I have seen many examples of avoidable medication harm to patients. Despite education and procedures to support best practice, staff compliance and organizational culture issues continue to perpetuate the cycle of unintended patient harm due to medication errors. The Medication Administration Evaluation and Feedback Tool (MAEFT) is a validated 22 criteria best practice checklist. Nurses use the MAEFT to self-asses...
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Home Parenteral Nutrition: New Guideline Released!

Posted by Gillian Ray-Barruel on 7 March 2023
Home Parenteral Nutrition: New Guideline Released!
ESPEN, the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, has released new guidelines for Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN). The guidelines are freely available by following the link below. Summary This guideline will inform physicians, nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, caregivers and other home parenteral nutrition (HPN) providers, as well as healthcare administrators and policy makers, about appropriate and safe HPN provision. This guideline will also inform patients requiring HPN....
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Join AVAS today!

Posted on 24 June 2022
The AVAS mission is to: “Promote and improve patient safety and clinical outcomes; develop a standard of excellence in the field of vascular access; promote the development in national standards of practice; provide professional development and quality education; develop and share best practices; and promote ongoing vascular access research."  We invite clinicians, vascular access specialists, educators, researchers, and industry partners to join today.     &n...
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Infection Control Matters podcast

Posted by Gillian Ray-Barruel on 21 June 2022
Infection Control Matters podcast
The Infection Control Matters podcast series is well worth a listen, for vascular access and beyond. Check it out! The team discusses new research and issues on the topic of infection prevention and control. It's chatty and informative, with interviews with doctors, nurses, clinicians, academics and administrators.  "Professor Brett Mitchell (from the University of Newcastle Australia), Associate Professor Deborah Friedman (Barwon Health), Martin Kiernan (University of West Lo...
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