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Why catheter-to-vein ratio matters!

Posted by Gillian Ray-Barruel on 19 August 2021
Did you know that certain catheter-to-vein (CVR) ratios can have twice the risk of thrombosis in patients with cancer? Dr Rebecca Sharp from the University of South Australia (UniSA) and Australian Vascular Access Society has published a study in BMJ Open that analysed the outcomes of more than 2400 patients from 4 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand who received a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC). The study found that up to 6% of patients with cancer who had received chemo...
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PIVC Essentials: Three Tips for New Grads

Posted by Lizzy Ostwald on 28 June 2021
PIVC Essentials: Three Tips for New Grads
"Hi, I'm Lizzy, and I'm in my final semester of a dual bachelors of nursing and midwifery, and am fortunate to be undertaking a Winter Research program with the AVATAR group. I have decided to focus on tips for a new grad as my first topic as I am going to be a grad at the start of next year, and I believe that a lot of benefit can be gained from easy access to summarised, accurate information."  Coming into the hospital setting as a graduate nurse, or 'grad...
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