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Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center Vascular Access Symposium Sheri Pieroni, BSN, RN, VA-BC™ and Constance Girgenti, BSN, RN, VA-BC™

The Vascular Access Team at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC) recently held its first Vascular Access Symposium for clinicians and students on September 21, 2018. Many of the attendees were senior clinical staff, new graduate nurses in cohorts and an array of nursing students from local colleges. Invited speakers engaged with the audience to emphasize the importance of vascular access specialists in the healthcare setting. Topics discussed were to increase device awareness as well as care and maintenance and to discuss clinically-related issues. From infection prevention, device selection strategies, and evidence-based practices to improve care and outcomes, the symposium covered it all. This collaborative approach between the vascular access specialists and the clinical staff aims to increase clinician confidence of identifying the device being used and increase confidence in the management of these catheters. The education also serves to reduce the risk of inappropriate device use as well as decrease the risk of bloodstream infection during the dwell time of the catheter. The vascular access specialty is relatively small within many healthcare organizations but is one that is very impactful to both our patients and our organization. Each and every patient relies on their intravenous (IV) access for administration of lifesaving medications and therapies. These devices deserve respect and the attention to prevent harm to our patients who require them.

There are two phases of care used for vascular access devices: The insertion component and the care and maintenance component. The insertion phase for many vascular access devices accounts for a very limited time during the life of the catheter, while the care and maintenance phase continues until the device is no longer required and removed. Care and maintenance of the catheter is the crucial time when a catheter is utilized and manipulated for many different treatments, and it does not come without serious risks. One of the biggest risks is bloodstream infection. Bloodstream infections have serious implications and can quickly develop into a lifethreatening condition. Knowledge regarding catheter care and maintenance according to evidence-based guidelines is imperative for the safe and accurate use of the catheter by bedsides clinicians and will help reduce the risks associated with vascular access devices. The conference attracted over 150 attendees from PSJMC, as well as other local area hospitals, staff from nursing homes, new nurses working in new graduate cohorts, and senior students who are preparing to graduate. Hospital executives and leadership were also in attendance. Speakers included: Sheri Pieroni BSN, RN, VA-BC™, Connie Girgenti BSN, RN, VA-BC™, Marita Tomacruz BSN, RN, VA-BC™, Marc Molitor MSN, RN, VA-BC™, CIC, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

Presence Health Vascular Access Team

Sheri Pieroni, BSN, RN, VA-BC™, Constance Girgenti, BSN, RN, VA-BC™, Marita Tomacruz, BSN, RN, VA-BC™

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The November 2018 edition of AVA's rebranded and refreshed electronic newsletter, Intravascular Quarterly (IQ). IQ is published quarterly an...

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