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Theodoros A. Katsoulas, RN, BSc, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Kifissia, Greece

presenter photoTheodoros Katsoulas has been a nurse for 20 years and is currently an Assistant Professor of Critical Care Nursing at the Nursing Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His clinical field is Critical Care and Vascular Access and he is a member of the minimal invasive vascular access laboratory at "Ag Anargyroi" General Hospital. He has published articles on topics related to vascular access especially PICCs and has delivered a substantial number of lectures on topics related to CVCs, PICCs and PICC PORTs insertion and management.

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Evangelos A. Konstantinou, RN, BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor of Nurse Anesthesiology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, N/A, Greece

presenter photoEvangelos Konstantinou is an Associate Professor of Nurse Anesthesiology at University of Athens. He is also the Director of the monomal invasive vascular access procedures unit at Agii Anargyroi onckologic hospital.

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CVC Track

Breakout Sessions

Mortui Vivos Docent in Vascular Access Practice

calendar9/9/2014

clock2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

clockRoom: National Harbor 6-7

CE Hours: 1.2


Theodoros A. Katsoulas, RN, BSc, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Kifissia, Greece

Evangelos A. Konstantinou, RN, BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor of Nurse Anesthesiology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, N/A, Greece

In the proposed session, we are going to share the experience we have in training students in cadavers in order to see how we can contribute, using cadaver specimens, to the understanding of the anatomic features of the veins through which the catheters (CVCs or PICCs) are inserted and follow the tip until the distal end reaches the target point whilst taking into consideration the different hospital protocols. We are also going to present why it is impossible to provoke a pneumothorax during the internal jugular vein catheterization, why catheterization of the subclavian vein should be abandoned, why the basilica vein is preferable to the cephalic one and why catheterization of the outer jugular vein is not the right one when we need central venous access. Pictures and videos from PICC lines and CVC placements to patients, will be shown throughtout the presentation so that each and every participant will be able to recognise the involved vessels as well as the anatomic features, initially in cadavers and then on ultrasound imagings. What we are going to focus on is the accidental advancement of the PICC to the jagular vein while at a simultaneous presentation we are going to follow what happens to the patient as well as the specimen, why this happens and what procedure to use in order to avoid it.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify all anatomic structures in the upper limp in cadaveric specimens.
  • Indentify all anatomic structures in thorax in cadaveric specimens.
  • Indentify all anatomic structures in cervix in cadaveric specimens.
  • Define the position of the CVC as it is advancing in the cadaveric specimen.
  • Understand the junction between the internal jugular vein and the brachiocephalic vein which can lead to the malposition of the PICC as the PICC can advance to the internal jugular vein instead of the superior vena cava.

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