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Thursday, November 8, 2012
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Evidence-Based Practices for Preventing Infections Associated with Peripheral Catheters

A Special Webinar Event in collaboration with the Association for Vascular Access (AVA) featuring an Extended Question and Answer Panel

It''s My Line of Work Much focus has been placed on the risk of infection associated with central vascular access devices; however, short peripheral catheters also place patients at risk for local site, bloodstream, and infusion-related infections. This program will discuss the incidence of infectious complications related to peripheral intravascular catheters and the sources of infection related to these catheters.

The speaker will describe evidence-based practices (EBPs) and published guidelines for preventing infections related to peripheral intravascular catheters. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of ensuring that EBPs are used for catheter and insertion site selection, skin preparation, catheter site dressing and securement, the use of needleless connectors, and replacement of catheters, administration sets and fluids. The speaker will also emphasize the need to educate and train personnel that are responsible for inserting and caring for peripheral vascular access devices.

Questions are welcome from all viewers during the extended Question and Answer session following the presentation by Lisa A. Gorski, MS, APRN, BC, CRNI®, FAAN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice Senior Associate Consultant, OASIS Answers, Inc.

This presentation lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.

Session Learning Objectives and Content Highlights

Following the webinar, the participants will be able to:

  1. Explain two potential sources of infection associated with infusion therapy provided via peripheral vascular access.
  2. Discuss at least three evidence-based practices that should be used to prevent infections associated with peripheral intravascular catheters.
  3. Describe how a healthcare organization can ensure that EBPs are used to prevent infection associated with peripheral intravascular catheters.


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Lisa Gorski has worked as a clinical nurse specialist for Wheaton Home Health & Hospice in Milwaukee, WI since 1985. Her work includes direct patient care, nursing education, and implementation of evidence-based practice in home care, research, and consultation.

Lisa graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee with a BSN in 1979 and a master's degree in nursing in 1984. She is widely published in professional journals and was an editor for the 2010 Infusion Nurses Society textbook Infusion Nursing: An Evidence-Based Approach. She has also written three books on the topic of home infusion therapy. Lisa was the Chairperson for the 2011 INS Standards of Practice Committee.

In addition, Lisa also served on the Committee to revise the American Nurses Association Home Health Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice published in 2008. Lisa has been a member of the Editorial Board for Home Healthcare Nurse since 2001 and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2006. Lisa has served as a speaker at the 2011 AVA National Conference as well as a state chapters recently in Illinois and Colorado.


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Linda Lembo, MSN, CRNI®,VA-BC has been a registered nurse for 40 years with the past 20 years in the specialty of vascular access. She is currently Vascular Access Supervisor at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Linda is a past president of the local Infusion Nurses Society (INS) chapter. Linda has been a member of Association for Vascular Access (AVA) since 2000, where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors.

Through the years, Linda has been active in developing and managing infusion therapy educational programs including the Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Education for Nurses and Healthcare Institutions conducted at The Valley Hospital. In 2010, Linda was awarded New Jersey Nurse of the Year honors.


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Kathy Arias has worked in the infection prevention and control field since 1980 and is currently the Director of Arias Infection Control Consulting, LLC. She has infection prevention and control experience in a variety of settings, including acute care hospitals, long-term care, rehabilitation care, ambulatory care and industry. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She is Certified in Infection Control (CIC®) by the Certification Board of Infection Control (CBIC).

Kathy has been named the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Carole DeMille Achievement Award by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Kathy has taught epidemiology classes at Thomas Jefferson University and at the Medical College of Philadelphia and has served on the faculties of Penn State University and the Hahnemann University College of Allied Health Sciences. She is a frequent speaker at local, national, and international conferences.


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