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News and updates from today's IV Leadership Summit

Conference chair: Jackie Nicholson Nurse Consultant Central Venous Access St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Following the chairs introductions and a welcome from Mark Rees Clinical & Business Development Manager Vascular Access 3M UK PLC, Sue Rowlands IV/OPAT Team Lead Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust opens the conference by looking at the RCN Guidelines, covering:

• leading change
• how to implement into organisational policies

Sue's presentation Abstract

RCN Standards for Infusion Therapy

Leading change and how to implement into organisational policies

This presentation will summarise the importance of the relaunched RCN Standards for IV therapy and highlight the main changes that have been included as part of the updated document.  It will also describe some of the challenges faced by organisations regarding their implementation into clinical areas.

The objectives for the talk are to provide a comprehensive explanation of the need for the standards, and a basic introduction of their content.  It will also explain how they can be utilised to improve patient safety and optimize patient care regarding intravenous therapy across an organization.

The aim is to provide delegates with realistic insight as to how they can incorporate the guidelines into their area or organization with an awareness of the challenges involved.

Key take away points will include

  • The importance and relevance of the updated standards
  • How to ensure their use in the clinical situation

PowerPoint Presentation

Stephen Rowley Clinical Director ANTT continues by a session on ANTT – Reducing VAD related HAI’s through Standardisation & Organisational Leadership,

Stephen's presentation abstract:

This session discusses the essential organisational leadership and clinical governance that is pre requisite to ensuring VAD related HAI’s are minimised in health care organisations. Recommended clinical governance based on the ANTT® Governance Framework is outlined.

Stephen's Slides are available here 


Helen Harker, Senior Nurse for IV Access at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust discussed best practice in preventing and treatment of vascular access complications. Helen used photographic examples from her organisation to demonstrate how errors can occur. Helen also discussed potential routes for infection and prevention of infection. 

10 October 2017


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