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

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

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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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A step-by-step guide to vascular access device audits

Posted by Gillian Ray-Barruel & Amanda Ullman on 8 June 2017
A step-by-step guide to vascular access device audits
Recent VA audits indicate that VA practice is not perfect, particularly in the areas of redundant devices, insertion site complications, substandard dressings, and poor documentation of site assessment (Alexandrou et al, 2015; McGuire, 2015; New et al, 2014; Russell et al, 2013; Ullman et al, 2017a). Conducting VA audits can provide evidence that best practice VA policies and procedures are being effectively implemented in the workplace. Less than ideal audit results can provide direct...
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AVATAR educational video on PIVC insertion, maintenance and removal

Posted on 26 April 2017
Peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) are the most commonly used vascular access device in health care with around 65% of hospitalized patients receiving PIVC therapy during their stay. The insertion of a PIVC is the most commonly performed invasive procedure in hospitalized patients. However, failure rates of PIVCs are high at around 40% before the completion of treatment this impacts significantly on patients, staff and the healthcare system. Failure can be a consequence of occlusion,...
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Introductory Writing Workshop at AVAS, Perth

Posted by Gillian Ray-Barruel on 21 April 2017


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