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We are pleased to provide 3 videotaped plenary sessions from the 43rd Annual CVAA Conference (April, 2018 in Toronto ON). They will be released in July 2018 (below), September 2018 (below) and November 2018.

IV Push Medications: Increasing Safety, Choosing Best Practice

Karen Laforet, MClSc, RN, VA-BC™, CVAA(C), IIWCC and Maureen Burger

Watch the presentation below and follow along with their handout here.


IV medications are clinically beneficial as they provide an immediate therapeutic effect. At the same time, the associated challenges contribute harm—for the patient and the health professional.  Over the last few years, there has been much focus placed on IV infusion safety primary for nurses; not so much has been specific to IV push safety. Intravenous injection safety is not just a nursing issue—it is a systems-wide issue that few organizations address with any degree of standardization. This lack of organization-wide standardization has led to variability within organizations and among individual patient care units leading to significant risks for the patient, the health professional and the institution.  


This presentation will identify the risks associated with IV push medications, with a specific focus on opioids.  Examination of current evidence and consensus documents, results of a Canadian survey on opioid IV administration and standards for medication preparation will set the stage for a discussion on recommendations for safer adult IV push injection preparation and administration practices.


For Better or For Worse? Harm Reduction, Ethics and Patients who Use Substances with Vascular Access/Infusion Therapy Challenges

Jocelyn Hill, RN, MN, CVAA(c), VA-BC™

Watch the presentation below and follow along with the Power Point slides here.

There is a healthcare crisis happening that directly affects us as vascular access and infusion therapy clinicians and specialists. We care for many patients that have complex medical and personal situations which may include substance use. Our practice is guided by ethical responsibilities to all patients in our care – first and foremost, “to do no harm”. Harm reduction is one strategy that we should be more cognizant of as we interact, treat and care for patients who use substances.

Case studies will be presented based on experiences in a downtown, urban centre that is internationally recognized for spearheading innovation, research and evidence-based strategies while dealing with the opioid crisis. 

The clinical situations these patients are dealing with often require some sort of vascular access and infusion therapy.  Our role is key in the health and healing of all patients, but especially for those with a history and/or current use of substances that may or not be obvious. This session will bring theory of medical / nursing codes of ethics and harm reduction strategies to the forefront and discuss the impact on our clinical practice and personal feelings about challenging social issues.


CVAA is pleased to partner with Community Health Nurses’ Initiatives Group (CHNIG), a special interest group of the RNAO on a webinar:

Occlusion Management Guidelines for CVADs: A Home Care Perspective                                             

The webinar is part of the Health Promotion Seminar Series and is presented by Daphne Broadhurst and Kim Miller.

Seminar Description:
Occlusions of central venous access devices (CVADs) are the most common CVAD complication in home care, with significant negative patient, process and economical outcomes. The Canadian Vascular Access Association (CVAA) has developed a national Occlusion Management Guideline. The purpose of this presentation is to review the assessment, management and prevention of CVAD occlusions, as presented in the Guideline. Clinical practice tools and templates that support the application of this guideline will be discussed to ensure safe and effective management of CVAD occlusions.  

Our Presenters:
Kim Miller, RN, MScN, CVAA(c), has been employed within community health nursing for 18 years, the past 17 at Saint Elizabeth.  Kim has led multiple national clinical portfolios, including infusion therapy.  Kim currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Vascular Access Association and is a Past President of CHNIG.

Daphne Broadhurst, RN, BScN, CVAA(c), is a clinical specialist with Medical Pharmacies.  In addition to her educator and researcher roles in infusion therapy in the homecare and long-term care settings and her authorship in peer-reviewed journals, Daphne is currently the President of the Canadian Vascular Access Association.




Free online education - supported by Teleflex Medical
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Trying in Vain to Find a Vein: Ultrasound-guided Peripheral IV Insertion - supported by FujiFilm SonoSite
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Vessel Health - supported by Teleflex Medical
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Ultrasound in Hemodialysis: Assessment & US-guided Cannulation for Dialysis Nurses (DuToit) - supported by FujiFilm SonoSite
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Michigan Appropriateness Guide for Intravenous Catheters (MAGIC) - supported by Angiodynamics
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Best Practices in Pediatric Peripheral Vascular Access: Place, Protect and Preserve 
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Peripheral IV Catheters and Blood Exposure: Is It An Issue? Deb Richardson
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