Vascular Access Jamboree: Leveraging Collaboration for Quality Improvement (QI) [virtual]

Quality improvement (QI) in vascular access, infusion practices, and overall patient experience is best achieved through a multidisciplinary approach, using both internal and external expertise. In this session, we will discuss how a large community hospital successfully included representation from the industry on QI efforts, including product representatives, clinicians, administrators, and research and development teams. Teams met directly at the bedside, assessing the patient’s current vascular access status, including site assessment, dressing assessment, and administration set management, and discussing with the patient and staff any complications. Data was then documented and aggregated to identifying priorities for improvement and shared with internal stakeholders. This session will describe how building relationships between the hospital and industry partners and working together to optimize device performance and patient outcomes provides a powerful opportunity for both parties to enhance their practice.  

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how multidisciplinary rounds can be expanded to include stakeholders outside of the organization, including industry representation.
  • Discuss a framework where expertise can be shared to optimize collaboration and address organization priorities.
  • Explain key metrics assessed and how data is communicated to facilitate improvements.

Contact Hours: 1
CRNI® RUs: 2

Michelle DeVries, MPH, CIC, VA-BC, CPHQ, FAPIC

Michelle DeVries has been involved in infection prevention and hospital epidemiology for 30 years, spanning community, university, and federal health care facilities as well as postacute care settings. She is passionate about raising awareness around vascular access device complications and devotes her time to education on this topic with an emphasis on data collection and analysis. She was a reviewer for the 2016 and 2021 INS Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice and is now serving on the committee as an author for the 2024 Standards. She is a senior adjunct research fellow with the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR), a past director-at-large with Vascular Access Certification Corporation (VACC), and the president of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA) for 2024.

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Live event: 05/19/2024 at 12:15 PM (EDT) You must register to access.
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