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NIVAS update on IV Therapy and care of vascular access devices

Jackie Nicholson Chair of the National Infusion and Vascular Access Society (NIVAS) spoke at today’s Advancing IV Therapy conference on

  • Strategies to tackle Catheter related blood stream infections (CRBSIs)

  • Alternative access

  • A standardised approach to device selection

  • Community IV therapy – new ways of delivering

In her presentation Jackie stated:

'Because of the rise of outpatient treatment, it's imperative that we look at how to secure IV devices correctly'


'We are moving away from routine replacement of peripheral cannulas after 72 hours' There has been lots more research on how Peripheral cannulas should be changed when clinically indicated - being observed frequently and changed'


'It used to be the case that you had a cannula in your arm almost as soon as walking into A & E, but we have realised that this might not be the right treatment for a long term illness'


'We have developed Right line decision tool to decide if IV Therapy is the right device to use'


'We may only represent a small area, but if we work together with evidence to inform our practice we can make a difference and influence our field'


Jackie also discussed a standardised approach to device selection: The Vessel Health and Preservation (VHP) protocol

  • Evidence based, expert consensus protocol for intentional placement of venous access devices

  • Prescriptive and Comprehensive

  • Device selection tools

  • Daily reassessment and surveillance tools

  • Educational package to support implementation

Jackie Nicholson’s full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

Jackie Nicholson’s Biography:

Jackie is a Nurse Consultant in Vascular Access at St George’s NHS Healthcare Trust. Since taking up the post in June 2013, Jackie has continued to develop a team that places a variety of vascular access devices including ultrasound guided peripheral cannulas, midlines, PICCs, skin tunnelled catheters, implanted ports, acute and dialysis catheters. Jackie comes from a background in intensive care and began to specialise in vascular access in 2006 when she set up a PICC and midline service at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. Jackie has written for publication and is on the editorial board for the Intravenous Therapy Supplement of the British Journal of Nursing. Jackie is a regular speaker at both national and international conferences and is a member of the board of the National Infusion and Vascular Access Society (NIVAS).

Future conferences of interest:

Nursing Appraisal and Revalidation & implementing the New NMC Code of Practice
Wednesday 20 January 2016
ICO Conference Centre, London

Effective Ward Manager
Tuesday 26 January 2016
ICO Conference Centre, London

Nursing Revalidation Preparing for Going Live
Tuesday 2 February 2016
The studio Conference Centre, Birmingham

Advancing IV Therapy
Thursday 14 April 2016
ICO Conference Centre, London

Download: jackie-nicholson_1266.pdf

3 December 2015


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