Antimicrobial dressings for CLABSI prevention

Posted by Joan Webster, Emily Larsen and Nicole Marsh on 31 December 2017
NURSES and midwives play a central role in the care and maintenance of central lines. But despite all efforts, sometimes central-line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) do occur. These infections may be devastating for patients in terms of morbidity and mortality. For example, in the United States, CLABSIs result in thousands of deaths each year and cost health care systems billions of dollars (CDC, 2016). Read more: http://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/wh1.thewebc...
 

Vascular Access: Call for Papers

Posted by Gillian Ray-Barruel on 15 December 2017
Vascular Access: Call for Papers
Vascular Access Call for Papers! Submission deadline 1 February 2018. Did you know, the Australian Vascular Access Society has its own peer-reviewed online journal, Vascular Access? http://avas.org.au/avas-journal/ The electronic journal is published twice a year in April and October, and we warmly welcome research findings, clinical papers, case studies, reports, review articles, letters and product appraisals pertaining to this specialty. Video submissions are also welcomed. Submis...
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Australian Vascular Access Society (AVAS)

Posted on 15 December 2017
The Australian Vascular Access Society (AVAS) is an association of healthcare professionals founded to promote the vascular access specialty. Our multidisciplinary membership strives to advance vascular access research, promotes professional and public education to shape practice and enhance patient outcomes, and partners with industry to develop evidence-based innovations in vascular access. The electronic journal Vascular Access is the official publication of AVAS, and provi...
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Holiday Greetings from the AVATAR Group

Posted on 15 December 2017
Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018 to all AVATAR staff, students, friends and partners around the world! We take this time to thank you for your commitment to making vascular access complications history. And, we look forward to working with you in 2018 to continue to improve consumer experiences and clinical outcomes of vascular access and infusion therapy. Our congratulations to the following who will receive a certificate and support to present their vascular access findings a...
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PIV failure - how effective is your clinical practice?

Posted by Nicole Marsh and Kaye Rolls on 1 December 2017
Based on an observational study of peripheral intravenous catheter outcomes in adult hospitalised patients a multivariable analysis of peripheral intravenous catheter failure, Journal of Hospital Medicine (published online October 2017). Marsh, N., Webster, J., Larsen, E., Cooke, M., Mihala, G. & Rickard C.M. Nurses can expect to care for patients with a peripheral intravenous catheter (PIV) on a daily basis. Of significant concern however is that up to 69% of PIV may fail...
 

Substantial harm associated with failure of chronic paediatric central venous access devices.

Posted by Amanda Ullman on 13 September 2017
Ullman AJ, Kleidon T, Cooke M, Rickard CM. Substantial harm associated with failure of chronic paediatric central venous access devices. BMJ Case Reports. 2017. Central venous access devices (CVADs) are essential to modern paediatric healthcare, however device complications and failures remain high. This case study illustrates the complex and harmful experience of a young child with CVAD dependency and failure due to 'short gut syndrome' (significant bowel resection as a result...
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REDUCCTION Study

Posted by Rita Nemeth on 30 August 2017
REDUcing the burden of dialysis Catheter ComplicaTIOns: a National approach (REDUCCTION study) This national NHMRC funded study is being led by The George Institute for Global Health to explore the implementation of a new intervention suite for insertion and management of central dialysis catheters. The study commenced in 2016 and involves 4 phases
1. Building electronic data capture systems
2. Baseline data collection using newly developed system across several platforms
3. Interv...
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How many is too many?

Posted on 10 August 2017
How many is too many?

Every day around the world, too many patients undergo complications from vascular access devices. Our mission is to make vascular access complications history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcfbzGU4bbA

Please view and share widely.

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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 kerrie.curtis@austin.org.au

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

PARTICIPATION VIA VIDEO CONFERENCE IS WELCOMED
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