Exploring Vascular Access Devices in Cancer Care: A Scoping Review

Posted on 12 June 2024
Introduction As the global incidence of cancer continues to rise, the need for effective intravenous therapy and diagnostics in cancer patients becomes increasingly significant. Vascular access devices (VADs) play a crucial role in delivering systemic anti-cancer therapy (SACT), but the choice of VAD type and its impact on patient outcomes remain areas of exploration. Objective Our objective was to conduct a comprehensive scoping review to understand the landscape of VAD usage in deliverin...
 

Innovative Solutions for Pediatric Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Securement: A Breakthrough Clinical Trial

Posted on 5 June 2024
Introduction Peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) are vital for delivering essential treatments to children in healthcare settings. However, the frequent failure of these devices can lead to complications and impact patient outcomes. A recent randomized clinical trial explored novel PIVC securement technologies aimed at reducing catheter failure in pediatric patients. Study Overview The study, conducted from February 5, 2020, to January 14, 2022, at two regional Australian hospitals, f...
 

Exploring Skin Complications in Adult Cancer Patients with Central Venous Access Devices

Posted on 31 May 2024
Introduction Central venous access devices (CVADs) are vital for delivering treatment to adult cancer patients. However, concerns about CVAD-associated skin complications have prompted a closer examination of this issue. Objective The study aimed to identify the prevalence and types of CVAD-associated skin complications, describe CVAD management practices, and pinpoint clinical and demographic characteristics associated with the risk of these complications. Methodology A prospective coho...
 

Empowering Patient Care: Handheld Ultrasound for Better IV Access

Posted on 22 May 2024
Accessing veins for medical procedures can be tricky, especially for patients with tough veins. Using ultrasound to guide the insertion of intravenous catheters is recommended in such cases. However, traditional ultrasound machines are often bulky, expensive, and only found in specialized departments, creating a challenge for wider adoption. That's where compact, affordable handheld ultrasound devices could play a role in revolutionising vascular access at the bedside. A recent review lo...
 

Introducing Rebecca and Bertrand Drugeon: A Journey from France to Australia with AVATAR

Posted on 15 May 2024
Introducing Rebecca and Bertrand Drugeon: A Journey from France to Australia with AVATAR
Bonjour! My name is Rebecca Drugeon, I’m from France, and I've come to Brisbane for 1 year with my husband, Bertrand, and our 6-month-old baby, Ava. We are currently living an incredible experience, both professionally and personally. Bertrand is an emergency physician at Poitiers University Hospital with a strong passion for improving the prevention of complications and management of PIVCs. He’s actually a PhD student in France; it’s his first year in doctoral school...
 

Advancing Blood Conservation in ICU: A Critical Review

Posted on 7 May 2024
In intensive care units (ICUs), optimizing blood use is paramount. Frequent blood sampling, while necessary, can lead to waste and complications. Recently, a study scrutinized blood conservation strategies in ICUs. Here's a streamlined summary: Objective: Assess and synthesize evidence on ICU blood conservation strategies. Review Method: Rigorous Cochrane systematic review methods with meta-analysis and independent reviewers. Data Sources: Searched Medline, CINAHL, PUBMED, and EMBAS...
 

Improving Haemodialysis Catheter Care in ICU: Survey Invitation

Posted on 24 April 2024
Improving Haemodialysis Catheter Care in ICU: Survey Invitation
Dear Colleague, You're invited to participate in a brief electronic survey focusing on haemodialysis catheter (Vascath) care in the ICU. This survey is crucial for understanding bedside maintenance practices and shaping future research priorities. Why Participate:
Haemodialysis catheters are vital for critically ill patients, but complications like occlusion and infection are common. Your input can help prevent harm, reduce costs, and improve patient outcomes. What We Ask: - The surve...
 

Unraveling the Dangers: A Closer Look at Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Infections and Failures

Posted on 2 April 2024
Introduction: Peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) play a crucial role in modern healthcare, providing a gateway for administering medications and fluids. However, a recent systematic review and meta-analysis sheds light on the often-overlooked complications associated with PIVCs. In this blog post, we will explore the key findings of their study and delve into the implications for healthcare practitioners and patients alike. Understanding the Scope of the Issue: The researchers conduc...
 

Assessing Patient Experiences with Peripheral Intravenous Catheters: A Critical Evaluation of Quality of Life and Experience Measures

Posted on 18 March 2024
Introduction Peripheral Intravenous Catheters (PIVCs) play a crucial role in healthcare, facilitating intravenous treatments for patients. However, common issues such as insertion failure and complications can adversely affect patient outcomes and experiences. This study aimed to evaluate the suitability of generic quality of life and experience measures in assessing the experiences of patients with PIVCs. Background PIVCs are widely used in healthcare, with two-thirds of patients in terti...
 

Vascular Access Terminology

Posted by Kerrie Curtis on 6 March 2024
Vascular Access Terminology Common language facilitates communication between professional and organisations, the translation of evidence into clinical practice, data sharing, and research.  The Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA), eviQ and eviQ Education are leading vascular access management and education in cancer care in Australia utilizing common, contemporary terminology. Click here to read more: https://www.cnsa.org.au/practiceresources/vascular-access-guidelines ...
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