Implanted Vascular Access Devices: Back to the Basics in Care and Management

Recorded On: 06/11/2024

Over 2 billion intravascular devices are inserted globally each year, and determining optimal maintenance protocols is challenging. Literature cites late complications of central venous access devices (CVAD) range from 7.2% to 32.1%. Implanted vascular access devices (IVADs) are quoted to have lower risk than other CVADs but are not risk-free. Despite risk, patients often retain their devices for extended periods. In this session, we will review the basics of care and management of IVADs and let evidence-based practice guide the way to minimizing potential complications.  

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to: 
• Identify best practices when accessing IVADs, including pre-assessment, skin preparation, needle access, and positioning. 
• Discuss dressing changes and options available when patients have skin variables making dry and intact dressings difficult to achieve. 
• Review how tubing changes vary dependent on the infusate.
• Compare variances in flushing frequency and options related locking solutions.

Mary Jo Sarver, MN, ARNP, AOCN, CRNI®, VA-BC, LNC


Sarver Better Living

Mary Jo Sarver, MN, ARNP, AOCN, CRNI®, VA-BC, LNC, has more than 37 years of experience in infusion therapy and oncology/hematology care. Her role focuses on continuity of care and seamless transitions for patients within and outside the acute care setting. She collaborates and acts as a consultant locally and on a system level for Providence, guiding staff development, competency assessment, and process improvement to improve outcomes in multiple areas of clinical practice and new graduate transition to practice. She attends cancer care conferences, rounds in the clinics and hospital, and actively consults and sees patients and families for treatment and care planning. She has published, conducted research, and spoken on multiple topics within the United States. For decades, passion has prompted her to participate both locally on the Puget Sound Infusion Nurses Society (PSINS), Puget Sound Oncology Nursing Society (PSONS), and American Cancer Society (ACS) boards and to nationally assume various roles through the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) and Oncology Nursing Society) (ONS). She is CEO of Sarver Better Living Products LLC, a family-run company.

CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: June 11, 2027

To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.

The Infusion Nurses Society is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP14209. The certificate must be retained by the attendee for a period of 4 years.


Implanted Vascular Access Devices: Back to the Basics in Care and Management
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