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Session 4: Initial webinar date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Understanding and Preventing Difficult Peripheral Venous Access

Presenter: Dr. Gregory Schears

Difficult Peripheral Venous​ Access (DPVA) is becoming an increasingly common problem, affecting patients, clinicians and healthcare’s bottom line. The existence of DPVA represents a failed approach to vascular access on many levels; however, addressing this growing issue is within the clinician’s reach. Previous approach has largely been reactive to a given patient’s venous access problems, rather than working toward scheme of prospective management and prevention.

During this presentation, participants will learn: about the multiple factors that impact DPVA, a pre-access peripheral venous screening approach, the importance of valve identification, optimal access site choice, favorable catheter to vein ratios and a different way to think about DPVA. Incorporation of these concepts into vascular best practice should help significantly reduce the scale of difficult peripheral venous access and improve patient outcomes.



Session 3: Initial webinar date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Good Vein. Bad Vein. NIR and Choosing the Best PIV Access Site.

What makes a vein good or bad for peripheral IV access? Why does it matter? Clinicians should consider multiple factors in their decision of where to access a vein and where the tip of the peripheral IV (PIV) lies. This webinar will evaluate these clinical factors and their impact on both insertional success and catheter dwell time.

Technology for more informed PIV access is readily available. The use of near-infrared (NIR) vein visualization, recognized by the Infusion Nurses Society, can help clinicians identify potential obstacles to PIV success. Better choice of PIV access site may help catheter placement success and longevity, as well as improve patient satisfaction. Register now to earn continuing education credit and join the conversation on vein preservation.



Have you defined a difficult venous access protocol for your facility? Our webinar series "Shining the Light on Veins" explores the impact of vein visualization on peripheral IV procedures. In the second session, industry leaders discussed the value of a more complete, pre-peripheral IV access assessment and vein preservation.

Session 2: Initial webinar date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Pre-Access Assessment, Vein Preservation and NIR

IV site assessment practices vary greatly from facility to facility. Necessary steps are commonly overlooked. Vein visualization with near infrared technology (NIR) offers clinical advantages that complement traditional techniques. Combining technology and technique provides the ability to better assess the site for improved first-stick success, avoid potential complications and improve patient satisfaction. In this webinar, the speakers provide a template for best practices to improve site assessment and put it into action.

A Necessary Combination for Best PracticesGregory Schears, MD
Putting Assessment into PracticeMelissa Whitehead, BSN

Session 1: Initial webinar date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Vein Visualization and NIR: Clinical and Financial Advantages

A webinar presented September 16, 2015 titled Vein Visualization and NIR: Clinical and Financial Advantages explored the use of near-infrared light technology in venipuncture procedures. Venipuncture is one of the most commonly performed medical procedures. Vein visualization with near infrared technology (NIR) offers multiple advantages for venipuncture including the ability to better assess the site for improved first stick success, reduced use of PICC lines with successful IV catheter placement and improved patient satisfaction. In this webinar, the speakers provided evidence to support the clinical and financial advantages with use of NIR vein visualization technology.

*Note: CE credits are only awarded to those that registered and attended the live webinar session.

Dr. Gregory Schears

is a Pediatric Intensivist and Anesthesiologist from Rochester, MN. He has a long standing passion for helping to improve vascular access and patient care. As a champion for IV teams, he has been integral in the development of protocol construction for best practices. Over 27 years, Dr. Schears has given numerous individual, local, national and international educational sessions related to vascular access.