Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre Vascular Access Research Award

Posted on 11 June 2019
Congratulations to the Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre Vascular Access (NMVA) Research Team for their recent Health Service and Implementation Research Award at the 2019 Metro North Research Excellence Awards. This team is comprised of Nicole Marsh, Professor Joan Webster, Professor Claire Rickard, Emily Larsen, Deanne August, Julie Flynn and Amanda Corley. These researchers all hold appointments with Queensland Health Metro North Hospital and Health Services, as well as staff or...
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Building stronger vascular access research collaborations with Japan

Posted on 28 May 2019
On Monday 20th May, several of the AVATAR team, including Prof Claire Rickard, Dr Gillian Ray-Barruel, Assoc Prof Amanda Ullman, Jessica Schults , and Dr Vineet Chopra (University of Michigan) met with Dr Hideto Yasuda from Kameda General Hospital, Chiba, and Keio University School of Medicine, Japan. Dr Yasuda is an emergency and critical care physician and researcher with a keen desire to improve the outcomes for patients with peripheral vascular access. Dr Yasuda was introduced to the ...
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2019 Pettit Scholar Tricia Kleidon

Posted on 15 May 2019
  Congratulations to AVATAR's Pocket Rocket, Paediatric Vascular Access Nurse Practitioner, Tricia Kleidon, RN, BSC(NURSING), GRADCERT(PEDIATRICS), MNURSSCI(NURSEPRAC)!   This year the Association of Vascular Access and the Pediatric Special Interest Group recognizes Tricia Kleidon, RN, NursPrac, as the 2019 Dr. Janet Pettit Scholar. Ms. Kleidon is a Nurse Practitioner in Pediatric Vascular Assessment and Management at Queensland Children's Hospital in...
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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
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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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