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Timothy R. Spencer, RN, APN, DipAppSci, BHS, ICCert, VA-BC™

Consultant, Vascular Access Consultants, Scottsdale, Arizona

presenter photoTim Spencer is a Consultant in Vascular Access. Tim’s nursing background and qualifications are in Intensive Care, Clinical Nutrition and Ultrasound. Previously, Tim was the Clinical Nurse Consultant of the Central Venous Access and Parenteral Nutrition Service at the Liverpool Hospital, which he established in 1996. He has contributed to clinical research and supportive literature in promoting patient safety and improved practices and outcomes in Vascular Access. Tim remains a Conjoint Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and is on the Editorial Review Board for the JAVA, JVA and Vascular Access. He is also a Director at Large for VACC and was the first Australian clinician to be board-certified by VACC. He is also the Founding President of the Australian Vascular Access Society (AVAS), founded in 2009. He currently is the Presidential Advisor to the AVAS Board.

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Matt Gibson, RN, CRNI, VA-BC

Clinical Market Manager, AccessRN, Henderson, Kentucky

Matt Gibson has been a nurse for 21 years. He has worked in vascular access since 2001. Currently he is the Co-Principle KIVAN, Kentucky Indiana vascular Access Network and serves on the AVA public affairs Committee. He has CRNI and VA-BC certifications and is the author of the Detective Dane Strongvein Chronicles. Matt has served on practice councils, clinical advisory and infection control committees for multiple institutions, and manages an independent vascular access team across Kentucky and southern Indiana.

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Non-invasive Correction of Malposition PICCs Using a Flushing Technique; Simple, Successful and Cost Effective

calendar9/7/2014

clock3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

clockRoom: Chesapeake 4-6

CE Hours: 1.2


Timothy R. Spencer, RN, APN, DipAppSci, BHS, ICCert, VA-BC™

Consultant, Vascular Access Consultants, Scottsdale, Arizona

Matt Gibson, RN, CRNI, VA-BC

Clinical Market Manager, AccessRN, Henderson, Kentucky

Vascular Access clinicians frequently will see post-insertion radiographic images of malpositioned catheters with catheter tips in various anatomical locations. The presenters will show you how to reposition catheters without withdrawing or removing catheters utilising a high flow flush technique. Principles used to move and adjust catheters will be explained and demonstrated. Statistics including outcome data will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the three principles for correcting malpositioned PICCs.
  • Describe the flushing technique for PICC tip repositioning.
  • Describe how to verify corrected catheter tip position.

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