Vascular Access Device Complications

Selection of the best vascular access option for an individual patient is based in part on the risk of complications present in their vascular health and their particular infusion needs. Every vascular access device carries some risk to patient safety. To better understand and mitigate those risks, there has been a dramatic increase in vascular access-related research. This session will review four catheter-associated complications included in the 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice: venous thrombosis, extravasation, bloodstream infection, and skin injury. For each of these complications, presenters will give a concise review of the incidence, assessment parameters, new evidence-based recommendations, and directions for future research.

Learning Objectives: 

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:
1. Describe at least one assessment parameter that may indicate each of the four complications reviewed.
2. Identify at least one new evidence-based recommendation for each of the four complications reviewed.

Lisa Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI®, FAAN

Lisa Gorski has worked for over 35 years as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS)/educator for Wheaton Franciscan Home Health and Hospice, now Ascension at Home. Lisa is the author of more than 70 book chapters and journal articles and is the author of several books. She has served as the INS president from 2007-2008 and as the chair of the INS Standards of Practice Committee from 2009 to 2021, and is the cochair for the 2024 Standards. She is also the leader of the INS Vesicant Task Force. She speaks nationally and internationally on standards development, home health care, and infusion therapy/vascular access.

Barb Nickel, APRN-CNS, CCRN, CRNI®

Barb Nickel is a clinical nurse specialist at a health care center in Nebraska. She is responsible for staff development, competency assessment, and process improvement to optimize outcomes in multiple areas of clinical practice, including critical care, infusion therapy, sepsis, and new graduate transition to practice. Barb has presented nationally on infusion-related topics, is a coauthor of the 2021 Infusion Nurses Society Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, is the chair of the INS Standard of Practice Committee for the 2024, 9th edition of the Standards, and has authored several publications on infusion therapy in the critical care setting. She also serves as faculty in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, in areas of critical care and chronic illness.

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