AVANY-Full Day Conference
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When: Friday, June 7, 2019
7:30 am- 4:00 pm
Where: Terrace on The Park
52-11 111th Street
Flushing Meadows Park
New York, New York  11368
United States

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AVANY is the vascular access network for New York City and Westchester County

Registration deadline: 

        Exhibitors: May 15, 2019

        Attendees: June 5, 2019

Register at: avanymetro.net

Questions? Contact: avanymetro@gmail.com


  • Acute and Long-Term Care Health Care  Professionals with Access Needs
  • Home Infusion Companies and Pharmacists
  • Vascular Access/Infusion Specialist and Practitioners
  • Nurses and Associated Healthcare Personnel in Home Care Setting
  • In-service/Education Coordinators
  • Infection Prevention Practitioners
  • Primary care Physicians
  • Interventional Radiologist
  • Student Nurse/Allied Health


CEU’s provided for this conference



07:30 Registration, Exhibitors and Continental Breakfast

08:30  Welcome and Introductions:

              Jona Caparas, MSN, RN,VA-BC, President: AVANY


08:45 Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG):  The “IT Antiseptic.”

            Frances (Fran) K. Canty, MA, BSN, RN,VA-BCTM Clinical Science Liaison          

              Objectives: Define the mechanism of action of chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG)

              Understand the two modes of bacterial pathogenesis into the bloodstream from intravascular devices

              Define the uses of CHG to prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) 

              State the current CDC recommendations for the use of CHG to prevent CLABSI

              Define the mechanism for development of CHG resistance 


09:45   Solving Vascular Access Device Complications with Tissue Adhesive
             Rebecca Stevens BSN, RN, VA-BC

            Objectives: Review of vascular access device complications.

             Define the components and characteristics of tissue adhesives.

             Describe the purposes of tissue adhesives when used with VADs.

             Analyze the clinical outcomes with tissue adhesives used with VADs.


10:45 Break


11:00 Ultrasound For Vascular Access        

            Michael  Brazunas, BSN, RN, VA-BC Clinical Specialist,

           Objectives: Iidentify the challenges associated with common vascular access procedures

             Define DIVA (Difficult IV Access) patients

             Review the standards for the use of ultrasound for vascular access

             Identify the challenges associated with the use of ultrasound

             Describe the steps for implementation of an ultrasound program


12:00 Lunch and Exhibitors Time (Opportunity to meet the Industry Leaders)


1:45: Extended-Dwell PIVs: “A New Tool in the Toolbox” The Emerging Evidence:

            Karoline Draper RN, MSN, VA-BC, Clinical Specialist Access Scientific

            Objectives: Review 2016 INS Standards of Practice

            Review Vascular Toolbox

            Define Extended Dwell Catheter

            Discuss Ultrasound Guided PIV data

            Review Current EDC Options

            Concerns with EDC


2:45 Break


3:00 When Leaders Flex the Outcomes Speak for Themselves”.

          Matthew Ostroff MSN, ACNP

        Objectives:  Describe the current patient populations nurses are facing and their vascular

         access challenges.

         Present current extended dwell peripheral catheter options. Discuss seldinger, modified seldinger

       and accelerated  seldinger technique.

        Present advantages of different Catheter designs.

        Discuss the extended dwell peripheral, sterile insertion and clinically indicated site rotation. 

         Review outcomes on a 2 French extended dwell peripheral.

4:00 pm Closing Remarks:  

           Matthew Fertig –AVANY Director At Large

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