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The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine is a multidisciplinary association dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through professional and public education, research, development of guidelines, and accreditation.

In 2010, AVA members participated in the AIUM 2010 Point-of-Care Ultrasound Forum in Orlando, a diverse cross-section of the ultrasound community to come together to tackle professional issues.  Thanks to the efforts of the many and diverse specialists in attendance, the forum proved highly productive. As an outcome of the collaboration that went on during the workshops, guideline topics were defined and work groups organized.


APIC is the Association for Prevention in Infectious Control and Epidemiology.   APIC’s mission is to improve health and patient safety by reducing risks of infection and other adverse outcomes. The Association’s more than 13,000 members have primary responsibility for infection prevention, control and hospital epidemiology in healthcare settings around the globe. APIC’s members include nurses, epidemiologists, physicians, quality and patient safety professionals, healthcare executives, microbiologists, clinical pathologists, laboratory technologists, and public health practitioners. APIC advances its mission through education, research, consultation, collaboration, public policy, practice guidance and credentialing. Originally called The Association for Practitioners in Infection Control, the name was changed to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.


The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of nutrition support therapy. Founded in 1976, A.S.P.E.N. is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. With more than 5,500 members from around the world, A.S.P.E.N. is a community of dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, students and other health professionals from every facet of nutrition support clinical practice, research and education.


CathEd is a new, interactive learning system designed to increase your knowledge of proper catheter management by providing educational modules on various catheter management techniques and topics. This learning system can be used as an educational resource for your institution as it offers education in catheter management based on guidelines from key organizations such as the CDC, Joint Commission, and various nursing societies, such as the Association for Vascular Access.


The Controversies in Dialysis Access (CiDA) meeting is the leading educational forum for surgeons, radiologists, nephrologists and medical staff who care for dialysis access patients. We embrace controversy, reject bias and invite input from faculty and attendees alike… This is what sets CiDA apart.


CVAA's Value Statement:To advance evidence-based best practice in vascular access and infusion therapy.

CVAA's Mission Statement: CVAA will advocate for safe, quality care across the healthcare continuum by providing leadership and promoting education, partnerships, knowledge and research in vascular access and IV infusion therapy with a vision for optimal client outcomes. is dedicated to offering a comprehensive list of irritant & vesicant medications for those working in vascular therapy or related areas. Anyone may submit medications to the list, make suggestions and/or corrections. 

IVTEAM is an online IV resource that aims to provide relevant IV news and updates for all IV professionals. The range and diversity of the information provided ensures IVTEAM is essential reading for practitioners working with vascular access devices and infusion therapy across the globe. Feel free to browse IVTEAM atwww.ivteam.comorclick hereto sign up for IV news email updates.


MPH Programs Online Guide featuring more than 200 in-depth reviews and write-ups for graduate public health degrees.


NIVAS is the first independent multi-professional society to be founded in the UK in this century. It is the new voice for all those involved in vascular access and infusion therapies.As infusion therapy and vascular access continues to evolve, there is a need, now more than ever, for a co-ordinated approach to practice amongst healthcare professionals across the UK. The formation of a society and an annual conference is vital to ensure success in the specialty and quality care for patients.


“Tools for living better on home IV & tube feedings"

"Oley" is the nickname of Clarence Oldenburg, who co-founded the Oley Foundation in 1983 with his physician, Lyn Howard, MD. Clarence was on HPN for 18 years after a blood clot cut off circulation to his intestines. He and Dr. Howard created the Foundation as a way of sharing information and support with homePEN consumers across the country, and around the world. Clarence died in 1998. Dr. Howard is the Foundation's Medical and Research Advisor.


Public Health Online is a free web resource for anyone interested in learning more about public health careers. Readers can find in-depth guidebooks and degree- and subject-focused pages within various fields of public health including health administration, health & human services, health education and much more.


Safe in Common is a movement of healthcare personnel committed to making their working environment safe from the risk of needlestick injury. To learn more about Safe in Common go the website:


Stay Connected is a program designed to facilitate the transition from medical device applications that allow connection between unrelated delivery systems to new, safer connectors that ensure compatibility and consistency while reducing the likelihood of tubing misconnections.Stay Connectedis organized by the Global Enteral Device Supplier Association (GEDSA) in partnership with leading industry organizations. GEDSA invites everyone to stay connected as the tubing connectors are introduced through a three-phase communications program—Aware, Prepare,andAdopt—to ensure a successful transition to safer connectors.

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WoCoVA established in 2009 as a foundation to create an independent platform to organize worldwide congresses on vascular access, encourages all individuals and organizations around the world involved in this specialty to participate.