Consumer Engagement


Personal Stories

Listen to people share their own experiences of vascular access. If you would like to share your story, please contact us.

Consumer Advisory group

We are keen to hear from consumers about their experience with vascular access devices. If you would like to join a Consumer Advisory group and provide your thoughts about vascular access device insertion and care, please email us

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CVAD Resources for Patients

Discover valuable patient information resources on Central Venous Access Devices (CVAD) from eviQ and Cancer Institute NSW 


Cooke M, Ullman AJ, Ray-Barruel G, Wallis M, Corley A, Rickard CM. Not "just" an intravenous line: Consumer perspectives on peripheral intravenous cannulation (PIVC). An international cross-sectional survey of 25 countries. PLoS One, 2018. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0193436.

Larsen E, Keogh S, Marsh N, Rickard CM. Experiences of peripheral IV insertion in hospital: A qualitative study. British Journal of Nursing. Oct 2017; 26(19):S4-S17.

Farrell C, McCulloch E, Bellhouse S et al (2017) Peripheral cannulae in oncology: nurses' confidence and patients' experiences. CancerNursing Practice. 16, 3, 32-38. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2017.e1408

Larsen E. Patients' experience of IV insertion. TQN. Sept 2016. Pg 35

Ray-Barruel G. Consider the patient's voice. British Journal of Nursing. 2016;25(8):S3.

Schults JA, Calleja P, Slaughter E, Paterson R, Rickard CM, Booker C, Marsh N, Fenn M, Kelly J, Snelling PJ, Byrnes J, Keijzers G, Cooke M. Peripheral intravenous catheter insertion and use of ultrasound in patients with difficult intravenous access: Australian patient and practitioner perspectives to inform future implementation strategies. PLoS One. 2022 Jun 24;17(6):e0269788. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0269788

Libbis E, Sweeny AL, Holmes T, Aggarwal N, Snelling PJ, Slaughter E, Poncia H, Watkins SC. Forearmed is forewarned: A prospective intervention observational time-series study of patient empowerment for ultrasound-guided peripheral intravenous access. Emerg Med Australas. 2022 May 17. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.13981. Epub ahead of print.

Ullman A, Kleidon T, Gibson V, Takashima M, Schults J, Cattanach P, Paterson R, Cooke M, Byrnes J, Saiyed M, Vineet C, Rickard C. Experiences of children with central venous access devices: a mixed methods study. Pediatric Research. Available online 11 April 2022. DOI 10.1038/s41390-022-02054-3 

Schults JA, Paterson R, Kleidon T, Cooke M, Ullman A, McNeil K, Chopra V, Charles K, Ray-Barruel G, Marsh N, Sullivan C, Rickard CM. Understanding consumer preference for vascular access safety and quality measurement: An international survey. Australian Health Review 2022;46(1):12-20.  . 

Larsen EN, Byrnes J, Marsh N, Rickard CM. Patient-reported outcome and experience measures for peripheral venous catheters: a scoping review protocol. Br J Nurs. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2021.30.19.S30.PMID: 34723667

Sweeny A, Archer-Jones A, Watkins S, Johnson L, Gunter A, Rickard CM. The experience of patients at high risk of difficult peripheral intravenous cannulation: An Australian prospective observational study. Australasian Emergency Care.



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