Mark your calendars! Vascular Access Editorial

Posted by Gillian Ray-Barruel on 30 October 2018
Mark your calendars! Welcome to the October issue of Vascular Access! As I write this, I'm getting ready to head off to the Association of Vascular Access Annual Scientific Meeting in Columbus Ohio to present the preliminary results of my postdoctoral research, an interrupted time-series evaluation of an IV assessment and decision tool called I-DECIDED. (More to come on that!) Read more: https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/wh1.thewebconsole.com/wh/4798/images/VA-Editorial...
 

Evaluation of Skin Colonisation And Placement of vascular access device Exit sites (ESCAPE Study)

Posted by Nancy L Moureau, Nicole Marsh, Li Zhang, Michelle J Bauer, Emily Larsen, Gabor Mihala, Amanda Corley, India Lye, Marie Cooke and Claire M. Rickard on 14 September 2018
Journal of Infection Prevention
1-9
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DOI: 10.1177/1757177418805836
jip.sagepub.com Abstract Background: Skin microorganisms may contribute to the development of vascular access device (VAD) infections.
Baseline skin microorganism type and quantity vary between body sites, yet there is little evidence to inform choice of
VAD site selection. Objective: To compare microorganisms prese...
 

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...
Posted in: central vascular access devices dressings infection prevention intravenous catheter IV management securement vascular access devices  

Australian team fosters global nursing research

Posted by Rachel Walker and Gillian Ray-Barruel on 30 June 2018
Nurses increasingly play a greater role in global health activities, strengthening interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration and partnerships, to reduce health and health care disparities based on wealth, education, gender and place. Read more: https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/wh1.thewebconsole.com/wh/4798/images/Walker_GRB_Inscope_06_Winter2018.pdf ...
 

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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VASCULAR Study

Posted by Rita Nemeth on 21 February 2018
Assessing vascular access in Latin America.  The VASCULAR (Vascular AccesS Catheter Use in Latin AmeRica) study is a multinational cross-sectional study designed to assess and compare the prevalence of PIVC use in Latin American hospitals, to benchmark quality care practices, and to determine the proportion of complications leading to PIVC failure.

https://www.avatargroup.org.au/vascular-study.html

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