Pain Management & Implanted Vascular Access Ports
For most patients, attention to pain management is a critically important intervention. However, the need to address pain concerns often remains under-appreciated by clinicians. Current evidence provides interventions that include local anesthesia and non-pharmacologic strategies.
Use, care, and management questions regarding implanted vascular access ports abound. In this session, we will discuss changes to the Standards that address vascular access pain management and implanted vascular access ports.
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss the importance of addressing pain management for patients who require vascular access procedures.
2. Differentiate between INS Practice Recommendations for pain management strategies.
3. Examine INS Practice Recommendations related to the care and management of implanted vascular access ports.
Lisa Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI®, FAAN
Clinical Education Specialist/Clinical Nurse Specialist
Ascension at Home – Wisconsin
Ms. Gorski has worked for more than 30 years as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) for Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice which is now Ascension at Home. As a CNS, she developed and continues to provide infusion-related education for home care nurses as well as direct patient care. Ms. Gorski received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee College of Nursing. She is the author of several books and more than 70 book chapters and journal articles on home care and infusion therapy topics. She is an INS Past President (2007-2008), past chair for the INCC Board of Directors, and has served as the chair of the INS Standards of Practice Committee since 2011. She was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2006, named the 2003 CRNI® of the Year by INCC, and named the 2011 CNS of the Year by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. Ms. Gorski speaks nationally and internationally on standards development, infusion therapy/vascular access, and home health care. Over the past few years, she has addressed the Standards in multiple presentations in the US, China, Europe, and several Middle Eastern, African, and Latin American countries.
Barb Nickel, APRN-CNS, CCRN, CRNI®
Clinical Nurse Specialist
CHI Health St. Francis, Grand Island NE; CHI Health Center for Clinical Practice, Omaha, NE
Ms Nickel is a clinical nurse specialist responsible for staff development, competency assessment, and process improvement to improve outcomes in multiple areas of clinical practice, including critical care, infusion therapy, sepsis, and new graduate transition to practice. She served as member, lead nurse planner, and chair of the INS National Council on Education from 2010-2016, developing the curriculum each year for the two annual INS conferences. She was named INS Member of the Year in 2016. Ms Nickel has presented regionally and nationally on infusion-related topics and has authored several publications on infusion therapy in the critical care setting. She also serves as faculty in the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, BSN program.