Vascular access in the neonatal and pediatric population can be physically and emotionally challenging. Significant advances in medical and surgical care for neonates and pediatric patients with previously fatal illnesses and conditions have increased survival rate. These complex patients present many challenges from insertion to maintenance. This course will provide an overview of the standards and guidelines for vascular access specific to the neonatal and pediatric population along with discussion on commonly used devices, discuss complications that can arise from vascular access devices, and explore the use of best practices and CLABSI prevention strategies specific to pediatrics.
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
- Explore vascular access devices commonly used for pediatric and neonatal patients
- Recognize four complications that can arise from vascular access devices
- Describe three CLABSI prevention strategies specific to pediatrics
- Identify five best practices to decrease the risk of CLABSI
This course is intended for physicians, physician assistants, and nurses.
Christine Ninchich, MSN, RN and Tiffany L. Moore, BSN, RN, VA-BC. Edited by Brenda Kozak, MSN, RN.
Christine is a pediatric nurse and has 8 years of experience both at the bedside, in safety and quality, and in nursing education. Christine has her Masters of Science in Nursing with a focus on nursing education. Tiffany L. Moore, BSN, RN, VA-BC, has over 20 years of nursing experience in a variety of clinical settings, including adult and pediatric populations. Tiffany has her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and holds the specialty certification—Vascular Access, Board Certified (VA‐BC). Brenda has 17 years of clinical experience in nursing and earned her Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on education.