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Vascular Access – General

1. Revised Standards of Practice for Vascular Access and Infusion Therapy

Due to the invasive nature of vascular access and infusion therapy, the potential for risk and complications associated with the specialty is high. Therefore, it is essential that competent, evidence based practice is ensured.  It is crucial that clinicians involved in vascular access provide safe, evidence based patient care.

To help reduce the risk of complications and to provide evidence to support practice, the Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice (Gorski, 2021) were developed. The aim of the standards is to help prevent complications, promote vein preservation and to ensure patient safety and satisfaction….

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2.The Patient Experience of Vascular Access: A Facebook Survey

The literature on the experiences of patients living with a CVAD suggests that the devices are accepted by patients, with the main attraction being a reduction of repeated painful cannulation (Yamada et al, 2010; Sharp et al, 2014; Alpenberg et al, 2015; Song and Oh, 2016; Parás-Bravo et al, 2018). Despite these claims, a recent doctoral study revealed that even when a device was inserted, it did not necessarily prevent challenging cannulation attempts.

With the aim of exploring the lived experience of patients with each of these devices,…

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3.Digital Sedation™ at the service of patients in a Vascular Access Unit

In the waiting room of a surgical service or a vascular access unit, patients can benefit from a new device to help them relax before the surgical procedure. The medical team can give them the option of wearing a virtual reality headset and to go on a trip. They can go scuba diving in the bottom of the oceans with a whale or enjoy a pleasant walk in the woods, far from bad weather. The Digital Sedation™ is based on stylized images, …

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