Educational Webinars

Becoming a Vascular Access Expert: the KSAs of the Job

This presentation looks at the knowledge, skills, and abilities to move beyond being a vascular access specialist to become an expert. Being a recognized expert in your facility establishes the VAS to expand practice and improve care. The knowledge, skills and abilities of the expert exceed the basics of being a specialist and enable one to advance their practice.

Learning Objectives include:

Identify the knowledge, skills and abilities of the vascular access expert
Differentiate a vascular access specialist from a vascular access expert
Assess your own professional development and identify areas for growth
Discuss the ways in which expertise impacts patient care

Event Date: August 10, 2022. Length: 60 Minutes

Midline Catheters: Past, Present and Future

Session 3: New Innovations

Midlines catheters are an appropriate venous access option for patients expecting prolonged IV therapy, as well as those with challenging vascular anatomy due to age or medical history. Considered a multi-faceted device, midlines offer the potential for reduced complication rates versus other vascular access devices. While not entirely new, dynamics in healthcare have fueled a recent resurgence in their utilization. This series will review the history, current practice and new innovations in midline catheter technology.

New Innovations will take a closer look at new technology that helps to reduce the risk of complications such as catheter occlusion and thrombosis events. Mary will chat with Edward Korycka, RN for additional insights about the future of midline catheters!

Event Date: June 29, 2022 Length: 30 Minutes

Midline Catheters: Past, Present and Future

Session 2: Current Practice

Midlines catheters are an appropriate venous access option for patients expecting prolonged IV therapy, as well as those with challenging vascular anatomy due to age or medical history. Considered a multi-faceted device, midlines offer the potential for reduced complication rates versus other vascular access devices. While not entirely new, dynamics in healthcare have fueled a recent resurgence in their utilization. This series will review the history, current practice and new innovations in midline catheter technology.

Current Practice will review dwell times and clinically-indicated device removal, site and size selection, insertion techniques and tip location. The standards and recommendations will also be discussed, including the MAGIC guidelines and the importance of targeted education and surveillance strategies.

Event Date: June 22, 2022 Length: 30 Minutes

Midline Catheters: Past, Present and Future

Session 1: Looking Back

Midlines catheters are an appropriate venous access option for patients expecting prolonged IV therapy, as well as those with challenging vascular anatomy due to age or medical history. Considered a multi-faceted device, midlines offer the potential for reduced complication rates versus other vascular access devices. While not entirely new, dynamics in healthcare have fueled a recent resurgence in their utilization. This series will review the history, current practice and new innovations in midline catheter technology.

Looking Back will dive into the history and evolution of midline catheters, including the indications for use, cautions, risks and ways to reduce complication rates.

Event Date: June 15, 2022 Length: 30 Minutes

Stop Struggling with Vascular Access Device Outcomes

Session 3: Mastering Maintenance

Vascular Access is the most prevalent invasive medical procedure. It can have serious, even fatal consequences. Improving practice and patient outcomes is possible. These quick, 20-minute presentations will give you evidence-based actionable tips and resources to take back to your facility.

The goal of VAD care and maintenance is to reduce the risk of complications and preserve the device function for the duration of therapy. Catheter site care recommendations, include dressing changes and flushing practices will be discussed.

Event Date: May 25, 2022 Length: 30 Minutes

Stop Struggling with Vascular Access Device Outcomes

Session 2: Superior Securement

Vascular Access is the most prevalent invasive medical procedure. It can have serious, even fatal consequences. Improving practice and patient outcomes is possible. These quick, 20-minute presentations will give you evidence-based actionable tips and resources to take back to your facility.

Device dislodgements are unacceptably high. If you are not sufficiently paying attention to three points of securement – at the site, the dressing, and the tubing – the device is not sufficiently secure.

Original Air Date: May 11, 2022 Length: 30 Minutes

Stop Struggling with Vascular Access Device Outcomes

Session 1: Ideal Insertion

Vascular Access is the most prevalent invasive medical procedure. It can have serious, even fatal consequences. Improving practice and patient outcomes is possible. These quick, 20-minute presentations will give you evidence-based actionable tips and resources to take back to your facility.

Site selection, vein selection, device selection… oh my! We will review key VAD insertion considerations to ensure secure and reliable venous access.

Original Air Date: April 27, 2022 Length: 30 Minutes

Quality Improvements in Vascular Access: Is the Dressing Just a “Dressing?

This presentation is aimed at illustrating the relationship of dressing care and maintenance and vascular access device insertion. The proper placement of a device and subsequently the dressing plays an integral role with dressing adherence. Utilizing the evidence-based practice and available tools, dressings are capable being maintained with better clinical outcomes.

Original air date: March 30, 2022 Length: 1 Hour

Pathway to Patency

The presence of a vascular access device can present a significant risk in the form of catheter-related thrombosis (CRT). The associated complications of loss of patency, occlusion and VTE, interrupt therapy and cause life threatening problems for patients. This program reviews the pathological aspects of clotting. Additionally, we explore evidence-based strategies to improve patency. The program also describes novel technology for the reduction of thrombus accumulation on PICCs and Midline catheters.

Original Air Date: February 23, 2022 Length: 1 Hour

Putting the Standards into Practice...and Not Stopping There!

This webinar reviews some key aspects of the 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practices and discusses the progression of a quality improvement project from concept to conference presentation to manuscript to citation in the standards and is a call to action for clinicians to share that work to help make a change in practice.

Original Air Date: January 11, 2022 Length: 1 Hour

Vascular Access Jamboree: A 'How to Guide'

Step 3 – Post-Implementation Monitoring

One large, urban community hospital has been successful in bringing together unit-based staff, nursing leadership, nursing professional development, clinical nurse specialists, infection prevention, as well as industry partners – the Jamboree team – all with the shared goal of improving vascular access outcomes through routine monthly rounding. This series will break this process down into 3 short presentations with actionable take-aways.

Step 3 – ‘One and done’ is not a pathway to lasting change.This presentation will discuss why routine monitoring is important to ensure sustained results. Strategies on how to complete this efficiently will be discussed.

Live Air Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2021 Length: 30 Minutes

Vascular Access Jamboree: A 'How to Guide'

Step 2 – Collecting Data & Implementing Change

One large, urban community hospital has been successful in bringing together unit-based staff, nursing leadership, nursing professional development, clinical nurse specialists, infection prevention, as well as industry partners – the Jamboree team – all with the shared goal of improving vascular access outcomes through routine monthly rounding. This series will break this process down into 3 short presentations with actionable take-aways.

Step 2 – Routine observation will highlight trends and uncover issues. However, often such issues are at the intersection of several different products. What then? An example of a pilot trial and successful intervention will be discussed.

Original Air Date: July 28, 2021 Length: 30 Minutes

Vascular Access Jamboree: A 'How to Guide'

Step 1 – Where to Start?

Nearly all hospitalized patients can expect to receive an IV catheter during their hospital stay. It has been well-documented that IV failures and complications remain unacceptably high. Observation through bedside rounding is an effective strategy to highlight issues that improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.

One large, urban community hospital has been successful in bringing together unit-based staff, nursing leadership, nursing professional development, clinical nurse specialists, infection prevention, as well as industry partners – the Jamboree team – all with the shared goal of improving vascular access outcomes through routine monthly rounding. This series will break this process down into 3 short presentations with actionable take-aways.

Step 1- Getting started is the hardest part! Establishing clear goals and objectives, roles to invite, tools, resources, scheduling considerations and more will be addressed in this brief presentation.

Original Air Date: July 14, 2021 Length: 30 Minutes

The VAST Difference: Growing a Vascular Access Specialty Team (VAST) Using Data That Demonstrates Reduction in Waste & Variability

The Vascular Access Specialty Team (VAST) at Hartford Hospital has and continues to expand its services resulting in less waste, variability and better patient outcomes. In 2019, Lee and his team completed a study that integrated best in class medical devices with evidenced-based practice with each PIVC insertion. Results of this study will be discussed along with other initiatives this VAST is doing to assure they produce value that is palpable to the hospital and their patients.

Original Air Date: April 15, 2021 Length: 1 Hour

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Let's Stick Together: Addressing the Dressing

Catheter Related Bloodstream Infections (CRBSI) are a significant cause of hospital morbidity and mortality. A review of literature and Infusion Therapy Standards indicate that dressing changes due to disruption are associated with a significant risk of bloodstream infection. A quality improvement project to decrease the number of premature dressing changes due to disruption was initiated and its results, including 18-months of audit data, will be discussed.

Original Air Date: Mar 10, 2021 Length: 1 Hour

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Pitfalls of Catheter Securement: The Dressing (Part Two)

The prevention of vascular access device and infusion complications is enhanced through better securement and stabilization of the catheter. This presentation will identify 21 securement and dressing scenarios with measured pull forces to help clinicians understand different securement modalities. Find out how dressings make a difference. The standard of seven-day dressing changes can lead the clinician to believe that the dressing actually stays on seven days; however, dressing disruptions occur between 40-68 hours and unscheduled dressing changes contribute to increased infections, dislodgement, phlebitis, infiltration and adds extra supplies and nursing time to an already stressed environment. Keeping the dressing on is of the utmost importance. We will review the newly released standards of practices on securement with an in-depth review of a dressing enhancement to support dressing adherence.

Original Air Date: Feb 24, 2021 Length: 1 Hour

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