Implementing a Vascular Access Team (VAT) at a Rural Community Hospital
According to the 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, an infusion team/vascular access team (VAT) is a group of clinicians centrally struc¬tured within the facility charged with the goal of accuracy, efficiency, and consistency for the delivery of infusion and vascular access services.
Attention to this goal will reduce and/or eliminate complications, lower costs, decrease length of stay, and reduce liability while promoting vascular preservation and greater patient satisfaction. This presentation discusses how one hospital developed a vascular access team and conducted a study to demonstrate whether creating a VAT can led to better outcomes for patients through standardization of evidence-based practice, monitoring, and education, combined with an increased number of vascular access device options.
This presentation is 50 minutes in length and is approved by the CA BRN for 1 CE credit each.
Discuss the impact a dedicated Vascular Access Team can have on patient outcomes.
Understanding vascular access device options that can affect decreased infections.
Identify 3 interventions that can be implemented that may improve patient outcomes.