I-DECIDED® Assessment and Decision Tool

Posted by Gillian Ray-Barruel on 12 April 2019
Up to 70% of acute care hospital patients need a peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) for fluids or medicines.(1) Yet, up to 69% of PIVCs have painful complications or stop working before treatment is finished, requiring the insertion of a new device.(2) Device failure is painful for patients and time-consuming for staff, and can lead to increased morbidity, prolonged length of stay, and higher hospital costs.(2) Regular, systematic assessment could help with prevention and early detec...
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Vascular Access- Call for Papers

Posted by Gillian Ray-Barruel on 20 March 2019
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Expressions of Interest Editor in Chief - Vascular Access

Posted on 31 January 2019
Expressions of Interest
Editor in Chief Vascular Access
Commencing May 2019
Key Objectives:   Guide the overall strategic direction of Vascular Access, in consultation with the AVAS board and the publisher
  Maintain a high level of quality in the manuscript review and journal editing process
  Provide appropriate and timely communication to authors.
  Screen all manuscripts submitted for publication to en...
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PSIG Webinar

Posted on 6 November 2018
  Dear Vascular Access Clinicians

Please find attached an invitation to attend a webinar presented by Stephanie Pitts, Global Director of Clinical Marketing, Angiodynamics and Vascular Access Team Nurse, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital.  Stephanie has worked in vascular access for over 20 years, she is a dynamic and motivating speaker and advocate for reducing the number of vascular access devices and insertion attempts in our vulnerable paediatric patients.&nbs...
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CLABSI: What are we Missing?

Posted on 11 July 2018
CLABSI: What are we Missing?
Webinar Invitation
July 12, 2018 3M Health Care Academy Webinar Series Speaker: Dr Nancy Moureau The most frequent invasive procedure performed by nurses in acute care is venous access with 80%
of patients in the USA, requiring intravenous access for treatment. High usage of VADs, both central
and peripheral, is not without risk of infection or other complications.
Concerns regarding catheter-associated bloodstream infections are common with a general focus on
central...
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Is it safe to reinfuse blood drawn from a CVAD via a syringe when checking line patency or drawing blood?

Posted by Tricia Kleidon on 30 May 2018
Before withdrawing a blood aspirate from a central venous access device (CVAD), ask yourself, why am I taking this blood aspirate? Are you taking the blood aspirate to assess for device patency prior to hooking up to an intravenous infusion or do you require a blood sample for laboratory analysis? If you are simply checking CVAD patency you only need to pull blood back into the catheter until you see the liquid gold; it never needs to come as far as the catheter hub and needleless conn...
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Vascular Access: April edition out now

Posted on 17 April 2018
VASCULAR ACCESS, April edition of the peer-reviewed multidisciplinary official journal of the Australian Vascular Access Society (AVAS) is now available!   Table of contents Woods C, Ray-Barruel G, Marsh N, Flynn J, Larsen E, Rickard CM. Registered nurses' experiences of using four methods of peripheral intravenous catheter dressings and securement during a randomised controlled trial. A survey. Vascular Access 2018;4(1) Abstract: Background: Peripheral intrave...
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Webinar Invitation: March 9, 2018 Preventing harm for our patients: Recognising, preventing and treating medical adhesive-related skin injury (MARSI)

Posted on 22 February 2018
Webinar Invitation: March 9, 2018 3M Health Care Academy Webinar Series
Preventing harm for our patients: Recognising, preventing and treating medical adhesive-related skin injury (MARSI)
Register Everyday, patients develop skin injuries and irritations related to the application and removal of medical adhesives. Many medical adhesive-related skin injury (MARSI) are preventable, almost all are treatable. Each are associated with significant discomfort, and someti...
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Whose line is it anyway?

Posted by Rita Nemeth on 21 February 2018
The Intensive Care Foundation and AVATAR are pleased to present our second collaborative seminar on 26 March 2018 Glass Viewing room at Queensland Cricketers' Club 411 Vulture Street, The Gabba, Woollongabba Intensive care patients are cared for by a multi-disciplinary team, each of whom have distinct and important contributions to the complex journey, taking the patient from critically ill through to discharge.
Along this journey, patients will have multiple vascular a...
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