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Awards & Programs

Suzanne LaVere Herbst Award for Excellence in Vascular Access

The focus of the Suzanne LaVere Herbst Award for Excellence in Vascular Access is on interventions that promote optimal outcomes for individuals requiring vascular access.  Do you know someone that is outstanding in the field of vascular Access?   for information about this prestigious award!

The Janet Pettit Scholar in Neonatal and/or Pediatric Vascular Access

The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) will honor and commemorate the life work of Janet Pettit DNP, NNP-BC, CNS, VA-BC,  whose contributions to the art and science of vascular access epitomized the mission and values of our organization, through an ongoing award program.  for more information about this award.

Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI)

AVA has partnered with Envision Inc. on an important new video training program, "Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLA-BSI)". The program features renowned infectious disease expert Dr. Dennis Maki.

Most IV related infections are associated with Central Venous Catheters (CVCs), and approximately 80,000 CLA-BSI occur in U.S. ICU’s each year. However, the greatest number of patients with central lines are outside of the ICU environment (for example, in Hematology or Oncology wards), many of which discharge patients with lines in place where there is substantial risk for infection. 

There is increasing pressure from CMS, The Joint Commission, IHI and DHHS to decrease the number of central line associated bloodstream infections. This program educates healthcare providers on the latest evidence-based practice from the CDC and HICPAC / SHEA / IDSA / APIC recommendations for preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections. Clinical Advisors for the program were Dr. Dennis Maki and Rita McCormick, RN, CIC and the content has been reviewed by the Association for Vascular Access (AVA).
 

The program features evidence-based practice for preventing CLA-BSI, including:

  • Pathogenesis/transmission

  • Risk Factors for CLA-BSI

  • Infection prevention techniques before and during insertion

  • Infection prevention strategies for care and maintenance of the catheter

The discounted AVA membership price is $295 (regular price of $325) and included is:

  • 15-minute visual presentation training program (available in DVD or VHS)

  • 22-minute Bonus Video Track of Dennis Maki M.D. and Rita McCormick, RN, CIC with comments about site selection, infection prevention techniques and more.

  • Bonus Resource CD with Study Guide and Post Test, and Tools: AVA's Save That Line! poster and reference card.

  • Available upon request: 1 Free Site license per viewing address

"Dr. Maki gives a tremendous amount of information about the complexity of some patients and why judgments must be made based on patient need. His interview gives a lot of strength to the DVD." - Rita McCormick, RN, CIC

The complete video can be viewed on the Envision website after registering.

Envision Inc.: www.EnvisionInc.net

for the CLA-BSI program page.