Virtual Conference: Vascular Access

INS 2016 Vascular Access Virtual Conference debuted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The Archived version is now available.

As the field of infusion therapy continues to evolve and change, an infusion nurse must stay abreast of changes to support positive patient outcomes. With evidence-based practice guiding standards and policies and procedures for the specialty, nurses are in a position to take evidence to the practice setting. From selecting vascular access devices to assessing the performance of the infusion therapy team, this virtual program presents today's infusion nurse with evidence and best practices to monitor and manage patients, devices, and outcomes.

Vascular Access Track has been approved for 5 contact hours and 10 CRNI® recertification units (RUs). *

Recertification units (RUs) earned may be applied toward the National INS Meetings requirement.

*Participants who attend the real-time program at INS 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale are not eligible to receive contact hours or CRNI® RUs through this online program.

Central Vascular Access Device Selection
8:00 - 9:00 AM EDT

  • Choosing the most appropriate CVAD
  • Infusion nurse as patient advocate
  • Selection and indications of use of CVADs

Vein Visualization Technologies for Peripheral Vascular Access Device Placement
9:00 - 10:00 AM EDT

  • Use of technologies to locate and identify veins
  • Types of visualization technologies available

Identification and Management of Central Vascular Access Device Complications
2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT

  • Life threatening complications associated with CVADs
  • CVAD assessment parameters
  • Interventions and management of CVAD complications

Clinical Indications for the Replacement of Short Peripheral Catheters
3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

  • Clinical indications for SPC replacement
  • Critical-thinking skills to identify appropriate interventions.

Key Performance Indicators for Vascular Access Teams
4:00 - 5:00 PM EDT

  • Role of vascular access/infusion teams in positive patient outcomes
  • Key performance indicators associated with vascular access/infusion teams

Central Vascular Access Device Selection

8:00 - 9:00 AM EDT

Elena Nelson Squires, BSN, RN, OCN®, VA-BC

Choosing the most appropriate central vascular access device (CVAD) for a patient is as important as the infusion therapy being administered. Input from the infusion nurse in the selection of a CVAD can ensure the patient has a strong advocate for the most appropriate device for the therapy ordered. This session will describe various CVADs and indications for use, and will have attendees select a CVAD for various case studies.

  1. Identify factors in the selection of a CVAD.
  2. Describe the role of the infusion nurse in the choice of a CVAD.

Vein Visualization Technologies for Peripheral Vascular Access Device Placement

9:00 - 10:00 AM EDT

Franklin Chiao, MD, MSc

The use of technologies to locate and identify veins for the placement of peripheral vascular access devices is becoming more accepted as a part of the insertion procedure. This session will discuss the types of visualization technologies available and how the use of these technologies has had an impact on peripheral infusion therapy.

  1. Describe modes used to visualize peripheral veins for device insertion.
  2. Identify positive outcomes related to the use of vein visualization technologies.

Identification and Management of Central Vascular Access Device Complications

2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT

David Hahn, MD

Central vascular access device (CVAD) complications can be life-threatening. Thorough assessment and monitoring of the patient and device help ensure appropriate interventions are initiated as soon as a complication is identified. This session provides assessment parameters for various CVADs, identification of potential complications, as well interventions appropriate for the management of specific CVAD complications.

  1. Identify two complications associated with CVADs.
  2. Describe interventions appropriate to various CVAD complications.

Clinical Indications for the Replacement of Short Peripheral Catheters

3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

Margaret (Peggy) Engstrom, MN, RN, CRNI®, CPN

In 2011, the Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice recommended that short peripheral catheters (SPCs) be replaced as clinically indicated. Strong assessment and critical-thinking skills are necessary to identify these indications and to provide timely, appropriate interventions. This session will discuss clinical indications for SPC replacement, as well as factors that contribute to the decision.

  1. Define "clinically indicated" and its relation to peripheral infusion therapy.
  2. List current recommendations for the frequency of SPC-site assessment.

Key Performance Indicators for Vascular Access Teams

4:00 - 5:00 PM EDT

Gwenda Guerin, CRNI®

Studies have shown that vascular access teams play a vital role in patient outcomes related to infusion therapy. In the current health care environment, many teams are struggling to survive. This session will discuss strategies to monitor, analyze, and report key performance indicators related to the positive impact of a vascular access team.

  1. Identify three performance indicators for vascular access teams.
  2. Describe the process of preparing a report on these key indicators.
Contact Hours/CE Credit

This entire program has been approved for 5 contact hours. Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 18, 2019

CRNI Recert Units

This entire program has been approved for 10 CRNI® recertification unit.

*Note: Participants who attend the live version of this program at INS 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, FL are not eligible to receive contact hours or CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

Elena Nelson Squires, BSN, RN, OCN®, VA-BC

Northern Colorado Vascular Access Coordinator, Banner Health

Elena Nelson Squires has extensive oncology and vascular-access experience. She consults with patients regarding their vascular-access needs and options regularly. She inserts short peripheral and midline catheters, as well as PICCs. She also assists with great vessel central catheter insertions, as needed. Finally, she oversees venous access provision for three Banner Health facilities in northern Colorado.

Franklin Chiao, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, New York Presbyterian Medical Center-Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr. Franklin Chiao is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at New York Presbyterian Medical Center- Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed his training at Columbia University and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. With the help of a scholarship from Harvard Medical School, he has published seminal articles and podcasts in the area of vascular access and infrared devices. In addition, he has created continuing medical education courses in vascular access, and he teaches vascular access and ultrasound internationally.

David Hahn, MD

Interventional Radiologist, NorthShore University HealthSystem

After completing undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, Dr. Hahn attended Loyola University's Stritch School of Medicine. He trained in diagnostic radiology at Indiana University and returned to Northwestern for a fellowship in interventional radiology. Currently, he is chief of interventional radiology at NorthShore University HealthSystem and the director of the endovascular lab. He has been invited to lecture nationally and internationally on the topic of central venous access.

Margaret (Peggy) Engstrom, MN, RN, CRNI®, CPN

Legal Nurse Consultant, All Pro Group Inc.

A graduate of the University of Washinton, Margaret (Peggy) Engstrom is a master's-prepared registered nurse with 28 years of experience providing excellent care and education to patients, their families, and student nurses. Peggy holds the CRNI® credential and is certified in pediatrics. She teaches at Shoreline Community College, works as a Discharge Planner at Harborview Medical Center, and owns a legal nurse consulting company, All Pro Group.

Gwenda Guerin, CRNI®

CES, Huntsville Hospital

Gwenda Guerin has been a nurse since 1982, with a background in oncology and vascular access. For the past 16 years, she has been involved in education. Currently a clinical education specialist responsible for coordinating clinical orientation for large hospital, she also works in the outpatient infusion center. Both have allowed her to grow professionally and keep her skills current.

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