October 4, 2019 - Today the Association for Vascular Access (AVA) announced a record-setting number of attendees at its annual scientific meeting, held this year in Las Vegas.
 
A total of 1,354 clinicians representing numerous healthcare disciplines registered for the 2019 meeting, which opened Friday at Caesars Palace, surpassing the record-setting 1,064 that attended the annual scientific meeting in Columbus, Ohio, last year. This marks the fifth consecutive year AVA has broken its record for attendees at its biggest annual event.
 
“Breaking our clinical attendance record by over 25% is testimony to the urgency of advancing the vascular access specialty in healthcare,” AVA CEO Ramzy Nasrallah said. “Growing exhibitor attendance by more than 40% illustrates the increasing investment corporations and startups are making in both the vascular access space and in AVA’s differentiated programs for industry partners.”
 
AVA members receive valuable discounts to attend scientific meetings, and the conference design team has developed curriculum tracks to accommodate for beginner, intermediate and expert vascular access proficiency. A record 81 industry exhibitors support this path to education in 2019.
 
“Registration numbers, exhibitors, and sponsorship support for the 2019 AVA Scientific Meeting have all exceeded our expectations,” 2019 AVA President Ken Symington, MD, VA-BC™ said. “This demonstrates how AVA’s popularity, relevance, and importance to patients, clinicians, and industry are growing stronger. We are truly realizing AVA’s mission statement: To lead healthcare by protecting patients and providers to improve lives.”
 
Clinicians from all 50 states, three Canadian Provinces and 23 countries – including Australia, Ireland, China, New Zealand, Japan, Italy and Brazil – made the trip to Las Vegas for this year’s meeting, again showing the international impact and obligation of the organization.
 
“We are excited to host AVA 2019 in Las Vegas. While we are obviously ecstatic about our record attendance, we are also proud to welcome more than 500 first-time attendees to Caesars Palace,” AVA COO Tonya Hutchison said. “Great Stores Begin at AVA is the theme for this year’s meeting – we look forward to the great stories that we will hear this year.”
 
The overwhelming support and generosity of AVA membership and its industry partners make meetings like the one in Las Vegas a can’t miss affair. New event programming like Vascular Access Ted-Style Talks and an interactive closing luncheon on the critical elements of Vessel Health and Preservation: The Right Approach for Vascular Access from The AVA Foundation with support from 3M, B. Braun, Medline and Teleflex sprinkle novel concepts with essential elements of practice to attendees. Perpetual networking conversations among new colleagues coupled with a wide range of educational sessions led by vascular access key opinion leaders give another example for why the national meeting continues to grow.
 
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.
 
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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, visitwww.joinAVAnow.com