Updated Clinical Strategies to Prevent Radial Arterial Catheter Failure in Critical Care

Recorded On: 02/22/2023

Radial artery catheterization is a frequently performed procedure for critically ill patients. While often trivialized, the radial arterial catheter is an important vascular access device with a well-established and longstanding history. The correct function of arterial catheters is essential to provide accurate and continuous hemodynamic monitoring, facilitating intermittent blood sampling from which many treatments are based, and helping optimize the workload for critical care nurses and physicians. Device-related failure can decrease treatment responsiveness if inaccurate data is obtained due to poor device functionality. This can significantly impact the patient outcome. This webinar will discuss several effective clinical strategies that will improve device functionality and reliability and prevent unnecessary arterial device-related failure.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to: 
• Discuss the evidence-based practices that impact device performance
• Identify key elements to improve patient outcomes with radial arterial catheters
• Define current practical strategies to improve radial arterial catheter insertion

Timothy Spencer, DipAppSc, BHSc, ICCert, RN, APRN, VA-BC™

Tim Spencer is an Australian critical care nurse and vascular access specialist with over 34 years of experience. He was the first nurse to routinely place central venous catheters in Australia, which he did from 1996-2014, until moving to the United States. He has over 44 academic publications, focusing on ultrasound, best practices, and improving outcomes across the patient spectrum. Tim was the Australian Vascular Access Society (AVAS) founding president from 2009-2015 and served on the Vascular Access Certification Corporation (VACC) Board of Directors from 2012-2017. He is on the Scientific Committee for the World Congress for Vascular Access (WoCoVA) and is an active conference speaker. An editorial board member of several academic journals and a prolific reviewer, Tim is currently an associate editor at the Journal of Vascular Access (JVA). He was the recipient for the 2019 Suzanne LaVere Herbst Award for Excellence in Vascular Access, and his dedication to vascular access continues in his work, impacting clinicians globally as an educator and ambassador for best vascular access practices.

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: February 22, 2026

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.


Updated Clinical Strategies to Prevent Radial Arterial Catheter Failure in Critical Care
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