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Record Clinical Attendance at AVA 2018

Saturday, September 15, 2018  
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Association for Vascular Access Announces Record Number of Clinical Attendees at Annual Scientific Meeting

 September 15, 2018 - Today the Association for Vascular Access (AVA) announced a record-setting number of clinical attendees for its annual scientific meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

 A total of 1,064 clinicians representing an array of healthcare disciplines registered for the 2018 meeting, which opened Saturday, surpassing the record-setting 926 that attended the annual scientific meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, last year.

 “Medical conference attendance overall is flat and declining with the rise of virtual and local meetings,” AVA CEO Ramzy Nasrallah said. “Growing our clinical attendance by more than 10% is a testament to both the work AVA’s conference design team puts into making this event so attractive and valuable, as well as to the burgeoning culture of vascular access.”

 AVA members receive discounted attendance at scientific meetings, and the conference design team has developed curriculum tracks to accommodate for beginner, intermediate and expert vascular access proficiency.

 “AVA has taken strategic steps in the last few years to provide significant relevance to the member benefits that healthcare professionals seek to engage, support for clinicians challenged with delivering best practice care to patients, and critical partnerships with industry leaders and healthcare organizations,” 2018 AVA President Andrea Owens, MSNEd, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC™ said.

 “Every scientific meeting has offerings that educate on the continuum of novice to expert and our attendees know they will be welcomed, encouraged and challenged. My first AVASM was so impactful it literally changed the trajectory of my career. Others will tell you similar stories as they return, as I have, every year.”

 Clinicians from all 50 states, four Canadian Provinces and 19 countries – including Australia, Ireland, China, New Zealand, Japan and Brazil – descended upon Ohio’s capital city for this year’s meeting, again showing the significant reach and obligation of the organization.

 “We are ecstatic to host AVA 2018 in Columbus. The AVA is Us theme for this year’s meeting is a terrific representation of our multidisciplinary organization, and our map of attendees exhibits its growth,” AVA COO Tonya Hutchison said.

“The sessions are relevant to everyone in the vascular access specialty. Each year at our annual meeting I look around and am truly inspired by the dedicated clinicians and industry partners that are all here for the same reasons – better patient care.”

 The overwhelming support and generosity of AVA membership and its industry partners make meetings like the one in Columbus successful, bringing new ideas and initiatives to the vascular access space. Networking conversations among new colleagues and educational sessions led by key opinion leaders in vascular access show why AVA’s annual scientific meeting is a can’t miss affair.

 Providing healthcare professionals with a forum to discuss evidence and expert-based criteria that improve patient outcomes is one of the many ways AVA executes its mission: Protect the Patient | Educate the Clinician | Save the Line.


The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) was founded to promote the emerging vascular access specialty. Today, AVA stands at the forefront of protecting and saving lives via establishing best practices and promoting patient advocacy. AVA’s multidisciplinary membership advances research, provides professional and public education to shape practice and enhance patient outcomes and partners with the device manufacturing community to bring about evidence-based innovations in vascular access. To learn more or join, visit