Virtual Conference: Promoting Vessel Health and Preservation Through Vein Visualization

This 2-day virtual program will provide registrants with guidance regarding the use of vascular visualization technology. Expert led sessions will include instruction on how to use this technology to increase vascular access device insertion success, reduce insertion-related complications, develop structured education programs to promote clinician assuredness, and promote successful phlebotomy procedures. Registrants will receive 5 Contact Hours and those holding the CRNI® credential will receive 10 Recertification Units.

  • Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Insertion Essentials: A Discussion with Clinical Experts

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Successful peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) insertion is dependent on understanding and mastering the fundamental steps associated with this skill. PIVC insertion essentials include infection prevention, vascular access device planning, site selection, vascular visualization, pain management for vascular access procedures, vascular access site preparation and skin antisepsis, PIVC insertion, securement, and dressing. During this session, we will discuss PIVC insertion essentials with clinical experts.

    Successful peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) insertion is dependent on understanding and mastering the fundamental steps associated with this skill. PIVC insertion essentials include infection prevention, vascular access device planning, site selection, vascular visualization, pain management for vascular access procedures, vascular access site preparation and skin antisepsis, PIVC insertion, securement, and dressing. During this session, we will discuss PIVC insertion essentials with clinical experts.

    Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:
    1. Describe each practice essential of PIVC insertion and
    2. Relate the significance of adhering to established standards of practice.

    Dennis J. Ernst, MT (ASCP), NCPT (NCCT)

    Dennis J. Ernst, MT(ASCP), NCPT(NCCT) is the Director of the Center for Phlebotomy Education, Inc. in Cheboygan, Michigan. Besides being a highly recruited international lecturer, he has authored five books on phlebotomy and over 50 articles. Mr. Ernst has chaired multiple committees that write and revise industry standards for blood sample collection and has served on multiple CDC Evidence Review panels establishing best practices for blood collection.  As a subject-matter expert, he has appeared on Dateline NBC, and quoted by the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Weekly Reader, and, yes, even the National Inquirer. Mr. Ernst frequently serves as an expert witness in phlebotomy-related litigation, and his blog, Phlebotomy Today, is read by over 14,000 healthcare professionals worldwide.

    Nancy Moureau, PhD, RN, CRNI®, CPUI, VA-BC

    Nancy Moureau PhD, RN, CRNI®, CPUI, VA-BC is an internationally recognized speaker and expert in the field of vascular access practice. A nurse for more than 30 years, Dr. Moureau performed clinical work most recently as a staff member on the PICC/IV team at Prisma/Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, SC and now works as a home infusion nurse with Infinity Infusion Nursing. As the owner and CEO of PICC Excellence, she provides online education for all types of vascular access to promote greater patient safety and works with manufacturers to make more education available to clinicians. A well-published author, Dr. Moureau is constantly involved with research and literature analysis. A recipient of the Herbst Award for Lifetime Achievement through the Association for Vascular Access for Excellence in 2016, Dr. Moureau is a supporter of vascular access specialization. An adjunct associate professor at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, she has participated in multiple Australian research studies and is a member of the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR). Dr. Moureau is an advisor, consultant, speaker and expert throughout the USA and abroad on subjects specific to PICCs, ultrasound, central lines, infection prevention, and general vascular access education. A supporter of training and competency assessment for invasive procedures Dr. Moureau and her team at PICC Excellence have established the only PICC certification process, Certified PICC Ultrasound Inserter (CPUI), where those who meet qualifications gain and maintain the credentials of an expert CPUI. Nancy continues to be a resource and mentor to many and can be reached through nancy@piccexcellence.com.

    Peter J. Carr, PhD, MMedSc, BSc, RN

    Pete J. Carr, PhD, MMedSc, BSc, RN trained as a vascular access clinician in Ireland, the UK, Australia, and has contributed to clinical research in vascular access since 2010. He completed his PhD with the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR) Group at Griffith University, Queensland Australia. Dr. Carr currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the National University of Ireland Galway. His clinical research agenda hopes to improve vascular access outcomes for patients, clinicians, and healthcare providers. You can follow him on Twitter @pcarriv

    Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI®

    Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® serves as the INS Clinical Education and Publications Manager. She has been an active INS member and a CRNI® since 2005. Dr. Berndt served on INS’ National Council on Education and on the INS board of directors as a director-at-large from 2017 to 2018. Prior to joining the INS team, she worked for 13 years as a clinical nurse specialist for infusion and as nurse manager of the infusion center, the venous access team, and the RN response team at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Berndt holds a doctor of nursing practice in clinical leadership from the Henry Predolin School of Nursing at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin and a master’s of nursing education from the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing.

    Marlene M. Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®

    Marlene M. Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI® is the INS Director of Clinical Education. She has over 35 years of nursing experience and has been a CRNI since 1991. Dr. Steinheiser has experience working in acute care, home infusion/home care, and long-term care settings, as faculty in pre-licensure nursing education, and as a nurse practice consultant for a state nursing regulatory body. Her passion for infusion therapy has been integrated into each of her varied career roles. Dr. Steinheiser earned her PhD from the University of Arizona, her master’s and bachelor’s of science in nursing from the University of Akron, and her nursing diploma from Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital School of Nursing. 

    CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification unit 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 30, 2024

    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.

  • Using Technology to Visualize Veins and Improve Blood Sampling

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Blood sampling is an essential procedure in health care allowing laboratories to supply providers with 70 percent of the objective information they receive to diagnose, medicate and manage their patients. However, finding peripheral veins and withdrawing diagnostic blood samples suitable for testing is fraught with peril. This presentation will focus on techniques and technologies that assist in finding suitable veins and collecting blood samples that are less likely to be rejected by the laboratory because of hemolysis or other factors that render them unsuitable for testing. Emphasis will be placed on vein visualization devices and technologies that improve the quality of samples drawn during vascular access device (VAD) placements, from existing VADs and by dedicated venipuncture.

    Blood sampling is an essential procedure in health care allowing laboratories to supply providers with 70 percent of the objective information they receive to diagnose, medicate and manage their patients. However, finding peripheral veins and withdrawing diagnostic blood samples suitable for testing is fraught with peril. This presentation will focus on techniques and technologies that assist in finding suitable veins and collecting blood samples that are less likely to be rejected by the laboratory because of hemolysis or other factors that render them unsuitable for testing. Emphasis will be placed on vein visualization devices and technologies that improve the quality of samples drawn during vascular access device (VAD) placements, from existing VADs and by dedicated venipuncture.

    Learning Objectives: 
    At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:
    1. Identify the three main categories of devices used to assist in vein location;
    2. List the most commonly committed blood collection errors that risk sample rejection and threaten the accuracy to laboratory test results;
    3. Discuss techniques that prevent hemolysis and sample rejection;
    4. Implement strategies and technologies that improve sample quality.

    Dennis J. Ernst, MT (ASCP), NCPT (NCCT)

    Dennis J. Ernst, MT(ASCP), NCPT(NCCT) is the Director of the Center for Phlebotomy Education, Inc. in Cheboygan, Michigan. Besides being a highly recruited international lecturer, he has authored five books on phlebotomy and over 50 articles. Mr. Ernst has chaired multiple committees that write and revise industry standards for blood sample collection and has served on multiple CDC Evidence Review panels establishing best practices for blood collection.  As a subject-matter expert, he has appeared on Dateline NBC, and quoted by the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Weekly Reader, and, yes, even the National Inquirer. Mr. Ernst frequently serves as an expert witness in phlebotomy-related litigation, and his blog, Phlebotomy Today, is read by over 14,000 healthcare professionals worldwide.

    CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification unit 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 30, 2024

    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.

  • PIVC Placement that Lasts: Using Evidence Based Practices for the Win Win

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    With the more than 300 million peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) placed each year in the USA, the number of attempts, short duration of dwell, supplies, and complications associated with PIVCs have a huge impact on cost, patient safety and clinician time. Research is leading the way with evidence to support specific practices that safely extend dwell time, in keeping with clinically indicated catheter removal policies. This presentation will outline evidence-based practices that result in the best outcomes for PIVCs while applying the principles of vessel health and preservation. Increasing clinician awareness of recommendations and research on PIVC insertion practices, application of technologies with proven outcomes, and the cost associated with failure of initial attempts and catheters due to complications can all work together to improve safety for patients receiving necessary intravenous therapy treatment plans.

    With the more than 300 million peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) placed each year in the USA, the number of attempts, short duration of dwell, supplies, and complications associated with PIVCs have a huge impact on cost, patient safety and clinician time. Research is leading the way with evidence to support specific practices that safely extend dwell time, in keeping with clinically indicated catheter removal policies. This presentation will outline evidence-based practices that result in the best outcomes for PIVCs while applying the principles of vessel health and preservation. Increasing clinician awareness of recommendations and research on PIVC insertion practices, application of technologies with proven outcomes, and the cost associated with failure of initial attempts and catheters due to complications can all work together to improve safety for patients receiving necessary intravenous therapy treatment plans.

    Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

    1. Identify evidence-based practices that promote longer dwell time of peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs)
    2. Evaluate research reflecting the best outcomes with PIVCs
    3. Analyze impact on cost with longer dwell time and improved outcomes
    4. Apply principles of vessel health and preservation to PIVC placement practices that result in the best outcomes

    Nancy Moureau, PhD, RN, CRNI®, CPUI, VA-BC

    Nancy Moureau PhD, RN, CRNI®, CPUI, VA-BC is an internationally recognized speaker and expert in the field of vascular access practice. A nurse for more than 30 years, Dr. Moureau performed clinical work most recently as a staff member on the PICC/IV team at Prisma/Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, SC and now works as a home infusion nurse with Infinity Infusion Nursing. As the owner and CEO of PICC Excellence, she provides online education for all types of vascular access to promote greater patient safety and works with manufacturers to make more education available to clinicians. A well-published author, Dr. Moureau is constantly involved with research and literature analysis. A recipient of the Herbst Award for Lifetime Achievement through the Association for Vascular Access for Excellence in 2016, Dr. Moureau is a supporter of vascular access specialization. An adjunct associate professor at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, she has participated in multiple Australian research studies and is a member of the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR). Dr. Moureau is an advisor, consultant, speaker and expert throughout the USA and abroad on subjects specific to PICCs, ultrasound, central lines, infection prevention, and general vascular access education. A supporter of training and competency assessment for invasive procedures Dr. Moureau and her team at PICC Excellence have established the only PICC certification process, Certified PICC Ultrasound Inserter (CPUI), where those who meet qualifications gain and maintain the credentials of an expert CPUI. Nancy continues to be a resource and mentor to many and can be reached through nancy@piccexcellence.com.

    CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification unit 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 30, 2024

    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.

  • Vascular Access Device Insertion: Improving First-Attempt Success Rates through Education

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Patients receiving an appropriate vascular access device (VAD) prefer one successful procedural attempt. Clinicians inserting these devices also desire this concept known as first time insertion success (FTIS). FTIS can minimize anatomical venous damage and reduce intra and post procedural complications. Initiating strategies to improve FTIS can have an impact on value-based healthcare provision and contribute to positive patient experiences. Clinicians performing VAD procedures with greater procedural volume, experience and specialist training are associated with increased FTIS. With multidisciplinary colleagues, infusion nurses contribute to clinical procedural success and better patient outcomes. Additionally, they act as specialist knowledge brokers translating new educational approaches to improve and maintain FTIS. This presentation will highlight risk factors and phenomenon that compromise first attempt VAD success while proposing strategies to improve vascular access first time insertion success.

    Patients receiving an appropriate vascular access device (VAD) prefer one successful procedural attempt. Clinicians inserting these devices also desire this concept known as first time insertion success (FTIS). FTIS can minimize anatomical venous damage and reduce intra and post procedural complications. Initiating strategies to improve FTIS can have an impact on value-based healthcare provision and contribute to positive patient experiences. Clinicians performing VAD procedures with greater procedural volume, experience and specialist training are associated with increased FTIS. With multidisciplinary colleagues, infusion nurses contribute to clinical procedural success and better patient outcomes. Additionally, they act as specialist knowledge brokers translating new educational approaches to improve and maintain FTIS. This presentation will highlight risk factors and phenomenon that compromise first attempt VAD success while proposing strategies to improve vascular access first time insertion success.

    Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, learners will be able to:

    1. Understand what is meant by the term first attempt success.
    2. Identify the key components of first attempt success process.
    3. Describe the quality of evidence for first attempt success.
    4. Identify how a first attempt process can occur.
    5. Describe educational strategies to promote first attempt success concept.

    Peter J. Carr, PhD, MMedSc, BSc, RN

    Pete J. Carr, PhD, MMedSc, BSc, RN trained as a vascular access clinician in Ireland, the UK, Australia, and has contributed to clinical research in vascular access since 2010. He completed his PhD with the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR) Group at Griffith University, Queensland Australia. Dr. Carr currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the National University of Ireland Galway. His clinical research agenda hopes to improve vascular access outcomes for patients, clinicians, and healthcare providers. You can follow him on Twitter @pcarriv

    CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification unit 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 30, 2024

    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.

  • Ins and Outs of Vein Visualization: Applying Vessel Health and Preservation

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Within the last two decades we have experienced an explosion of new technologies, equipment and supplies designed to improve outcomes and successful insertions with intravenous and intraarterial devices. Visualization technologies have opened our eyes and expanded our ability to truly “see” inside a patient’s arm to identify veins and arteries most appropriate for placement of a catheter. Through education and experience, inserters have become more and more adept at placing catheters on the first attempt reinforcing the principles of vessel health and preservation. This presentation will highlight current visualization options for vein assessment and needle guided insertions, while comparing the features and applications of each. Integration of these types of technologies forms a component within the framework of the vessel health and preservation model and quadrants that promote greater patient safety.

    Within the last two decades we have experienced an explosion of new technologies, equipment and supplies designed to improve outcomes and successful insertions with intravenous and intraarterial devices. Visualization technologies have opened our eyes and expanded our ability to truly “see” inside a patient’s arm to identify veins and arteries most appropriate for placement of a catheter. Through education and experience, inserters have become more and more adept at placing catheters on the first attempt reinforcing the principles of vessel health and preservation. This presentation will highlight current visualization options for vein assessment and needle guided insertions, while comparing the features and applications of each. Integration of these types of technologies forms a component within the framework of the vessel health and preservation model and quadrants that promote greater patient safety.

    Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

    1. Facilitate understanding of visualization options for vein assessment and needle guided insertions
    2. Compare characteristics and applications for each type of vein visualization
    3. Apply principles of vessel health and preservation to use of visualization technology

    Nancy Moureau, PhD, RN, CRNI®, CPUI, VA-BC

    Nancy Moureau PhD, RN, CRNI®, CPUI, VA-BC is an internationally recognized speaker and expert in the field of vascular access practice. A nurse for more than 30 years, Dr. Moureau performed clinical work most recently as a staff member on the PICC/IV team at Prisma/Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, SC and now works as a home infusion nurse with Infinity Infusion Nursing. As the owner and CEO of PICC Excellence, she provides online education for all types of vascular access to promote greater patient safety and works with manufacturers to make more education available to clinicians. A well-published author, Dr. Moureau is constantly involved with research and literature analysis. A recipient of the Herbst Award for Lifetime Achievement through the Association for Vascular Access for Excellence in 2016, Dr. Moureau is a supporter of vascular access specialization. An adjunct associate professor at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, she has participated in multiple Australian research studies and is a member of the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR). Dr. Moureau is an advisor, consultant, speaker and expert throughout the USA and abroad on subjects specific to PICCs, ultrasound, central lines, infection prevention, and general vascular access education. A supporter of training and competency assessment for invasive procedures Dr. Moureau and her team at PICC Excellence have established the only PICC certification process, Certified PICC Ultrasound Inserter (CPUI), where those who meet qualifications gain and maintain the credentials of an expert CPUI. Nancy continues to be a resource and mentor to many and can be reached through nancy@piccexcellence.com.

    CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification unit 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 30, 2024

    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.

  • Promoting Vessel Health and Preservation Through Vein Visualization Overall Meeting Evaluation

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Evaluation to be released on June 30, 2021 Please complete the meeting evaluation to receive your continuing education certificate from 2021 June Virtual. Your feedback is important, as it helps INS better serve you and the membership. We need your input to continue to provide you with quality programs.

    Evaluation to be released for completion on June 30, 2021 

    Please complete the meeting evaluation to receive your continuing education certificate from 2021 June Virtual. Your feedback is important, as it helps INS better serve you and the membership. We need your input to continue to provide you with quality programs.