A Message from Marcia Wise, RN, VA-BC™ Chair of the 2018 Scientific Meeting
On behalf of the AVA Conference Design Team (D-Team), it is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 32nd Annual AVA Scientific Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Our venue this year is in one of the most accessible and dynamic cities in the country. Known as a “foodie's paradise," Columbus also offers world-class arts, culture and lively entertainment.
In keeping with the AVA mantra, Protect the Patient | Educate the Clinician | Save the Line, conference sessions will provide evidence and clinical experience to drive toward those goals. The weekend will kick off with an action-packed set of Pre-Meeting Workshops on Friday, September 14.
Participants have the option to choose from several interactive sessions, among them including preparation for the VA-BC™ exam, X-ray interpretation, ECG, legal workshop and a vascular access procedural lab. If neonatal/pediatrics is your specialty, join the PediSIG as it offers a Neonatal and Pediatric Ultrasound Guided PICC insertion class for the very first time. This class has been designed specifically for clinicians with excellent PIV insertion skills wanting to venture further into the art of PICC placements within the dynamic realm of neonates and pediatrics. It will be an interactive class led by experts in the field of neonatal and pediatric vascular access.
With Patient Advocacy as our focus this year, the meeting begins Saturday morning with an inspiring keynote speaker, Marcus Engel, a renowned author and speaker on the impact of clinician/patient interaction. As a college freshman, Marcus Engel was blinded and nearly killed after being struck by a drunk driver. Through two years of rehab, over 350 hours of reconstructive facial surgery and adaptation through a multitude of life changes, Marcus witnessed the good, the bad and the profound in patient care. AVA is truly excited to have Marcus join us in Columbus this year. Marcus will also be available for a book signing during the opening reception on Saturday evening. Check out www.MarcusEngel.com!
The remainder of the conference is sure to be just as inspiring and educational. Sessions include relevant and timely topics such as complication management, alternative access, new technologies, and current research surrounding vascular access. Sessions highlighting education strategies and vascular access team development are topics suggested by previous participants. Participants new to the specialty of vascular access will have special “novice-track” sessions which will provide a review of current standards of care.
And there is nothing more energizing than a good debate. Right? Plan on joining us Tuesday for lunch and an interactive debate on whether CVAD materials really make a difference. This session sponsored by the AVA Foundation and coordinated by the world-renowned research team, AVATAR, will shed light on this controversial topic as well as provide insights into evaluating and incorporating research into your practice.
Don’t leave early! The two closing sessions on Tuesday will be well worth the wait.
PICCs in 2018: Where Are We Now? This session highlights recent studies that bring new information on the approaches for device selection. There will be a review of updated guidelines and recommended algorithms recently developed by experts in Europe and presented by the ever-entertaining Mauro Pittiruti. This session is designed to encourage critical thinking and will surely create a lot of dialogue during the Q&A!
And last but not least, an expert panel will present an interactive session entitled Data, Engagement and Alphabet Soup: Partnering to Prevent Bloodstream Infections.
Three well-known passionate experts, Chellie DeVries, Holly Hess and Hudson Garret will share the latest and greatest from the front lines of CLABSI prevention. The presentation will include a variety of strategies to broaden your understanding of approaches to help achieve and sustain reductions in bloodstream infections. These inspiring presenters will walk you through a lively A-Z discussion to stimulate dialogue while considering products, people and processes. Role-playing will enhance the experience—be ready to volunteer!
On behalf of the entire D-Team, we look forward to seeing you in Columbus. We hope this 4-day experience and interaction with your colleagues will embody who we are as vascular access specialists and personally enrich your spirit as a clinician!
We are AVA and AVA is US! We plan to inspire and motivate you to propel you to the next level in your practice. Join us!
Marcia Wise, RN, VA-BC™ Chair – Design Team AVA Scientific Meeting, 2018