Power Hour Breakout
Tricia Kleidon, RN, BSc(Nursing), GradCert.(Pediatrics), MNursSci(NursePrac)
Nurse Practitioner and Research Fellow
Queensland Children's Hospital
3M () : Speaker's Bureau; Angiodynamics () : Grant/Research Support, Speaker's Bureau; Baxter Healthcare () : Grant/Research Support, Other Financial or Material Support, support with in kind supply of product; Carefusion/BD Medical () : Speaker's Bureau; Centurion Medical Products () : Grant/Research Support; COOK Medical () : Speaker's Bureau; CR Bard Medical () : Consultant, Other Financial or Material Support, support workshop with use of equipment; MSA () : Speaker's Bureau; Vygon: Speaker's Bureau (Status: Terminated --- 1//2019)
Vascular access is the cornerstone for clinicians from almost all disciplines and departments to provide reliable access to the vasculature which is often critical to providing necessary and sometimes lifesaving therapy. Unfortunately vascular access is not always reliable and complications are common. Are complications of vascular access devices becoming so common that they are expected, possibly even accepted as inevitable by the bedside clinician.
Vascular access crosses all age groups from neonates to the elderly. Patients that will require lifelong vascular access are in our neonatal and paediatric care for such a short period of their lifetime. Our goal as neonatal and paediatric vascular access specialists should be to assess our patients' need for vascular access, make informed choices about the type of catheter inserted and support the care and maintenance of that device from insertion to removal to minimise complications. Our ultimate challenge as neonatal and paediatric vascular access specialists is to transition patients from our paediatric facility to an adult care facility with intact vasculature. So what are the common complications of vascular access that often result in failure and what can we do as vascular access clinicians to mitigate this?