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Deborah A. Phelan, RN

an independent consultant providing education for various pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, Genentech, Ashfieldhealthcare/Amgen, Interrad Medical, Scarborough, Maine

Debbie Phelan has been placing various vascular access devices, into patients of all ages, since 1977, in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. She has been responsible for teaching peers, other healthcare givers, patients and families on how to correctly care for and maintain these devices. As an educator and consumer, she continues to see the same issues around care and maintenance, that lead to unnecessary complications despite improvements in product development and evidenced based research. The complications are costly, can be deadly and frustrating for all involved. Why this continues and how to change current competency strategies will be discussed.

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Breakout Sessions - Group B

Compliance: Strategies to Ensure Prevention of Occlusion and CR-BSI

calendar9/10/2014

clock10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

clockRoom: National Harbor 6-7

CE Hours: 1.2 per two (2) 30-minute sessions


Deborah A. Phelan, RN

an independent consultant providing education for various pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, Genentech, Ashfieldhealthcare/Amgen, Interrad Medical, Scarborough, Maine

Clinicians will understand & recognize the compliance barriers that exists today. Discussion on techniques, that have/have not worked to motivate staff, to become compliant, will be shared. Review of what Value Based Purchasing is & how it will foster the need for change and compliance amongst staff/facilities will be explained. Brief discussion, also, on clinician responsibility to ensure the VAD is patent, to recognize when VAD is not & necessity for early intervention and reasons why CRBSI occur, the risks & evaluating prevention strategies to improve care & maintenance. Strategies to allow atmosphere where clinicians will feel involved in the decision making process & feel free to speak up when something is not right will be included to help foster clinician compliance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the compliance variables that cause complications in patient's with any vascular access device.
  • Describe the impact of Valued Based Purchasing on healthcare reimbursement rates .
  • List strategies that will encourage compliance amongst clinicians for improved outcomes.

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