Pre-Meeting Workshop

WS8 — Pre-Meeting Workshop: Intravascular ECG-Guidance for CVAD Tip Confirmation: Basic & Advanced Concepts for Accurate Assessment and Interpretation

Friday, September 14
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: C161-162
Presentation CE Credits: 4.8

Real-time, intravascular ECG-guidance technology has shown to be more accurate, time efficient and cost-effective compared to conventional chest radiography in confirming CVAD tip position. Moreover, intravascular ECG-guidance dramatically reduces the need for repositioning catheters post-insertion, potentially reducing contamination and CLABSI rates.
Part One of this workshop will address fundamentals of intravascular ECG-guidance technology, supporting evidence and recommendations, indications and limitations. Clinical outcomes data describing the impact of intravascular ECG-guidance technology in improving patient outcomes and reducing procedural time and costs will be presented. Numerous intravascular ECG waveforms will be assessed and analyzed, demonstrating obvious, less obvious and challenging waveforms requiring advanced skill and knowledge. Finally, critical troubleshooting techniques and assessment skills designed to optimize waveform presentation and enhance accurate analysis and interpretation will be presented and discussed.
Part Two of the workshop will include an interactive, unbiased practicum in which simulated insertions of various intravascular ECG-guidance systems will be demonstrated by clinical experts. Participants will have the opportunity to observe and discuss the unique features of each system, including integrated navigation technology and valuable tips for optimizing skill and accuracy in analysis and interpretation.

Learning Objectives:

Jamie B. Santolucito, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC™

Clinical Director
GoldStar Vascular Access

Jamie Bowen Santolucito has over 30 years’ experience in the specialty practice of vascular access and infusion therapy. Jamie has developed and presented PICC education programs to tens of thousands of clinicians, internationally. She is the author of several publications and has served as a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Infusion Nursing Society Standards of Practice, the Item Writing Review Board for the Association for Vascular Access Certification Corporation and the Association for Vascular Access Professional Advisory Council.

Jamie is the recipient of several awards including “Nurses of the Year Award” from Oregon Health & Science University Hospital as well as the Suzanne LaVere Herbst Award from the Association for Vascular Access.


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Sean Lau, MBA, BSN, RN, VA-BC

Vascular Access Specialist
Stanford Health Care

Sean Lau is the current President elect for the Bay Area Vascular Access Network and a vascular access specialist at Stanford Health Care in Stanford, California, where he participates in clinical management and administrative coordination for the Vascular Access Services Team. Sean has provided vascular access education to hospitals for PICC insertion and tip confirmation at the regional, national, and international level. Both Sean’s current background and prior role in the technology sector have provided him a unique perspective on vascular access, with experience in patient care, clinical process improvement and policy change and implementation.


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Tonja Stevens, RN, VA-BC™

Vascular Specialist
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

Tonja is a passionate Vascular Specialist at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington, D.C. She started her Nursing journey over twenty years ago in the emergency department, where she learned the importance of vascular access. For over ten years, Tonja has been an educator to medical professionals all over the country, sharing her knowledge in adult and pediatric care. Tonja acquired her VA-BC in 2014 and became a reviewer for the Journal of Association of Vascular Access (JAVA) in 2016. She assisted in the development of the Concession Statements AVA published in 2017. She had the honor of assisting in the development of the new Guidelines for Central Venous Access. Tonja has worked on the Design Team for the past 2 years, and currently a Board of Director for the AVA board. She looks forward to her many new adventures to come within the Vascular community and the AVA family.


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Michael Anstett

Chief Clinical Officer
The Clinician Exchange


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