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Report from AVATAR state of the art in vascular access management seminar

Posted by Kaye Rolls on 7 April 2017
Report from AVATAR state of the art in vascular access management seminar

On March 6 just under 100 dedicated clinicians joined us for the inaugural AVATAR State of the Art in Vascular Access Management seminar, held at Rydges Parramatta. 

They were a mixed bunch with vascular access clinicians being the largest group (32%), followed by critical care (18%), inpatient services (11%), cancer services (10%) and infection prevention (9%), with the balance made up of several other speciality groups. This eclectic mix made for great conversations as participants were deliberately assigned to tables so that an exchange of perspectives could be achieved during group work.

Participants were treated to a great Program with presentations from leading Australian, and world, researchers and clinicians.

There were two key outcomes for the Seminar. First to present both the evidence and the art of vascular access care. With only a small number of exceptions participant feedback was highly positive (see chart below).

The second key outcome was for the clinicians from different speciality areas to develop a shared understanding of the challenges of achieving best practice. This was achieved through three group work sessions designed to identify the barriers and enablers of best practice; and key implementation strategies. 

Over the course of the day participants soon grew to understand there were many shared challenges and importantly the energy in the room helped to reveal a number of successful implementation strategies. 


The greatest challenge appeared to be communication especially with regard to transfers of care across the hospital and on to home. The next challenge was to ensure patients received their treatment by ensuring a systematic approach to choice and care of a vascular access device. Another significant challenge was achieving clinician competency, which was further compounded by a lack of standardised practices across facilities. Governance challenges included accurate documentation and organisational culture.

Videos from the seminar will be available soon. 

Leanne Frazer (Hunter New England LHD), Bernadette Haines (Calvary Mater Newcastle), Kerrie Curtis (AVATAR & Olivia Newton John etc)


We were also extremely lucky and thankful to our eight corporate sponsors (3M, Andiodynamics, Bard, BD - Becton Dickinson, BBraun, MSA - Medical Specialties Australasia, FloMedical, Teleflex) who enabled us to keep the registration price so low.




Kaye RollsAuthor:Kaye Rolls
About: Knowledge Broker AVATAR Sessional Academic - Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney Kaye has worked in intensive care for many years holding a variety of positions including clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator, clinical nurse unit manager, data manager and now knowledge manager. In 2004 she moved onto a statewide role as CNC for Knowledge Management for ICCMU and now as Clinical project officer. Some of her responsibilities include development and implementation of guidelines, moderating ICUConnect and developing online resources for the intensive care visitor. Her most recent achievement has been working with NSW clinicians to implement a tracheostomy guideline. This has resulting in significant reductions in morbidity and mortality for the patient with a tracheostomy. Kaye moved on from ICCMU at the end of 2016 and has joined the AVATAR team to develop a knowledge brokerage plan. Additionally she is now working with the Sydney Nursing School, part of the University of Sydney, as a sessional academic. Kaye has three areas of research and publication. A passion for ensuring critically ill patients receive excellent care has led to publications on oral and eye care and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), and now a developing interest in vascular access management. Her next area of research focuses on evidence-based practice. In collaboration with Professor Doug Elliott she has developed a guideline development process using objective consensus methods. Her doctoral research program focuses on how social media and virtual communities can be used to facilitate the dissemination and uptake of knowledge in professional networks. This latter program has led to social media, Wiki and Twitter addictions. In her post-doc work Kaye hopes to combine all three areas of research by improving the uptake of evidence for vascular access management across Australian hospitals.
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