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Dimitris Karampinis

University Student, Nursing University of Athens, Marousi, Greece

Dimitris is a biomedical engineer with an increased interest in vascular access. Has been working in the industry for 14 years and last year was a member of the AVA D-Team in Washington. He has a passion to help in any way that can improve clinical outcome for patients.

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Breakout Sessions - Group B

Radiation Exposure in Vascular Access: Myths, Facts, Truth

calendar9/10/2014

clock10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

clockRoom: National Harbor 12-13

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


Dimitris Karampinis

University Student, Nursing University of Athens, Marousi, Greece

Radiation Exposure in Vascular Access has always been considered but not concerned enough. Concern had more been on time to confirmatory CXR rather than the radiation itself. Radiation exposure though in our life - and consequently in vascular access - is increasing and attention should be paid on patient safety and exposure reduction. Still, several myths exist about safety and efficacy, radiation needed for correct imaging and patient evaluation. Vascular access is one ring in the chain of patient management, and according to Hippocrates, it MUST DO NO HARM, above all. All the myths of radiation exposuse, the facts and above all the truth will be discussed in this presentation. At the end of the session, the clinician will identify the toolbox in his hands and feel safer about the importance of correct patient management with respect to radiation exposure in vascular access.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand physics of radiation and risks associated with it.
  • Understand how patients in vascular access are affected by radiation.
  • Understand the difference between myths and truth of radiation exposure for vascular access patients.
  • Identify strategies to reduce exposure to radiation and change current practices within their institution.

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