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The OMG PIVC study is officially the largest prevalence study ever undertaken of peripheral IV catheters. With data now entered from 410 hospitals in 50 countries and 15 languages, the results and benchmarking opportunities promise to be fascinating. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to making this study a huge success.
We are approaching the data analysis phase, and we expect the results to be published in the first half of 2016. You can follow the study progress on our website
OMG Study wins Award

International study on catheters wins Research Impact Competition

Research Impact Competition Winner Evan Alexandrou with Vice-Chancellor Barney Glover

A medical researcher working on a landmark international study into the problems caused by catheters has won Western Sydney University's Research Impact Competition.

The Research Impact Competition gathered 13 of Western's promising academics to present their research findings to the public in under five minutes.

Evan Alexandrou from the School of Nursing and Midwifery was awarded first place and $5,000 towards his future research after impressing the judges with his presentation "One Million Global Catheters Worldwide Prevalence Study".

Dr Alexandrou's research into the impact of peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVC) is the first of its kind, and will provide a snapshot of the prevalence of catheter use and complications, such as patient discomfort and delays in vital treatment.

Most research related to PIVCs is conducted and reported in economically developed nations, with the use and management of PIVCs in developing nations largely unknown.

For the full article click here.


USA Meetings

3M Global I.V. Leadership Summit

Leaders Teaching Leaders: Translating Evidence into Practice
(by Amanda Ullman)

Nancy Moureau and I were fortunate enough to represent the AVATAR group at the recent 3M Global I.V. Leadership Summit held in Minneapolis Minnesota in September 2015. Such an inspiring and collaborative summit! This annual education event brought together clinician leaders in vascular access and infection prevention from around the world. Attending were over 140 clinicians from the US, Latin America, Asia and Western Europe. Slides and highlights can still be found on twitter following #3MIV.

This year's theme was Leaders Teaching Leaders: Translating Evidence into Practice. The presentations from Beth Gore (BA, MA, PhD (cand)) about the other side of the line (patient and caregiver perspectives) and Mark Rupp (MD): reducing catheter-related bloodstream infection, improving outcomes  stimulated a large amount of discussion and practice indicatives'.

Nancy described her ongoing work to improve practice for the insertion and management of central venous access devices and peripherally inserted central catheters. I spoke about the Science of PIVs: Optimal Placement and Extended Use. Both inspired lively debate and plenty of ideas for future research priorities.

Picture: Meeting of the skin impairment working group at 3M Global I.V. Leadership Summit

Association for Vascular Access: Annual Scientific Meeting

AVATAR was well represented at the recent Association for Vascular Access Annual Scientific Meeting in Dallas, Texas.  Held at the Gaylord Hotel this truly awe inspiring venue proved that everything really is bigger in Texas.

The invited, abstract and poster presentations by the AVATAR group were extremely impressive. The peripheral IV routine replacement debate, OMG results, flushing, peripheral, arterial and central venous access device securement presentations were all made to a packed house. The ongoing interest by clinicians and industry regarding the AVATAR research outcomes is huge! Congratulations to all the people who have contributed to the research that was presented at this conference!

Congratulations and thanks to the amazing work by the AVA conference organising committee so many fabulous presentations from clinicians, academics and industry from across the world. We also wish to thank 3M, BD and Centurion for providing financial assistance to support our AVATAR attendees travel costs.


Picture: The AVATAR leadership enjoying the Dallas hospitality

Picture: a packed house for the OMG presentation

New AVATAR Chapter- Western Australia
Pete Carr: @pcarriv

Lecturer Emergency Medicine at The University of Western Australia and PhD (C) at Griffith University is the inaugural Western Australia chapter lead of AVATAR.

Pete Carr (AVATAR WA Lead) and Gavin Jackson (WA AVATAR CNC and State Representative WA-AVAS ) are panel members for a WA state-wide PIVC clinical practice guideline. 

Pete was in Dallas presenting some of his preliminary PhD work concerning vascular access difficulty. His poster abstract titled: Insertion of peripheral intravenous cannulae in the Emergency Department: Factors associated with first attempt success. This work was recently accepted in the Journal of Vascular Access.

Additionally Pete is a member of the Social Media taskforce. This is one of AVA's newest committees and is challenged with improving AVA's social media networks.  As a result A SMART Access Lounge was present for attendees to network and share and discuss the various Tweets of the day along with social media pearls.  Those who came to the lounge were given tuition on how to use Twitter and other various social media platforms so professional can keep up to date with the latest conversations concerning vascular access and related therapies.

If you are in Western Australia and interested in vascular access, please contact Peter at


Two of the UK's leaders in vascular access Lisa Dougherty and Jackie Nicholson receiving some Twitter tuition at the SMART Access Lounge.  

Jack Le Donne AVA's Social Media Chair looks at Pete Carr e-poster.

The WA AVATAR submission was popular early in the morning

Pete Carr's poster a collaboration of GU and UWA

Events Coming Up
Recent Presentations/ Posters

ACN National Nursing Forum, Brisbane, 14-16 October, 2015

Claire Rickard, Gillian Ray-Barruel: Advancing nurse leadership in vascular access research.

Gillian Ray-Barruel: Developing global nursing research capacity to improve patient outcomes: Leading the way with a worldwide prevalence study of peripheral intravenous catheters. Oral presentation and poster.

3M Global I.V. Leadership Summit, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA, September 23-25, 2015.

Ullman A. 2015 The Science of PIVs: Optimal Placement and Extended Use

Association for Vascular Access, Annual Scientific Meeting, Dallas, USA, September 26-29, 2015

Wallis M. Moving to clinically indicated PIV replacement: point/counterpoint

Marsh N, Keogh S. Peripheral venous catheter dressing and securement: results from a 4-group RCT of 1708 patients in 2 hospitals.

Ullman A, Northfield S, Kleidon T. Sticky solutions: Preliminary results evaluating new technology for CVAD securement.

Keogh S, Marsh N. PIVC flushing and patency: keeping IVs working!

Alexandrou E, Ray-Barruel G. OMG Study. Platinum Showcase.

Reynolds H. Informing Practice of Dressing and Securement of Peripheral Arterial Catheters: Back to the Future. Oral presentation, and ePoster.

Carr PJ, Rippey JC.R., Budgeon CA., Cooke ML., Higgins N., Rickard CM. Insertion of peripheral intravenous cannulae in the Emergency Department: factors associated with first-time insertion success. Poster Presentation.

Carr PJ and AVA Social Media Committee: The Social Media & Applications for Research & Teaching (SMART) Access lounge.

Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital, Brisbane, September 2015

Gillian Ray-Barruel: Invited Speaker. The humble IV catheter: Time for a rethink!

3rd International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control, Geneva, Switzerland, 16-19 June.

Elie Kasindi Kabululu, Evan Alexandrou, Gillian Ray-Barruel, Claire RickardOne Million Global Catheters Worldwide Prevalence Study: Building alliances to put vascular access device management and infection prevention on the world stage from Australia to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Poster presentation.

Recent Publications

Rippey JR, Blanco P, Carr PJ (2015). An affordable and easily constructed model for training in ultrasound-guided vascular access. Journal of Vascular Access. DOI:10.5301/jva.5000384 
#FOAMva (Open Access) 

Meng, C., & Lin, F. (2015). Dressings and securement for central venous catheters (CVC). Journal of Chinese Nursing Management. . Retrieved from this page

Zhang L, Marsh N, Long D, Wei M, Morrison M, Rickard CM.Microbial diversity on intravascular catheters from paediatric patients. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2015 Oct 29.

Rickard CM, Marsh N, Webster J, Playford EG, McGrail MR, Larsen E, Keogh S, McMillan D, Whitty JA, Choudhury MA, Dunster KR, Reynolds H, Marshall A, Crilly J, Young J, Thom O, Gowardman J, Corley A, Fraser JF. Securing All intraVenous devices Effectively in hospitalized patients - The SAVE Trial: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. September, 2015; 5:e008689 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008689 

Ullman AJ, Marsh N, Mihala G, Cooke M, Rickard CM. Complications of Central Venous Access Devices: a systematic review. Pediatrics Oct 12. pii: peds.2015-1507. 

Rippey JC, Blanco P, Carr PJ. An affordable and easily constructed model for training in ultrasound-guided vascular access. Journal of Vascular Access. 2015 Sep 29;16(5):422-7. doi: 10.5301/jva.5000384.

Webster J, Osborne S, Rickard CM, New K. Clinically-indicated replacement versus routine replacement of peripheral venous catheters. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015 Aug 14;8:CD007798. Review.

Ullman AJ, Mitchell M, Lin F, New K, Long DA, Cooke ML, Rickard CM Dressings and securement devices for central venous catheters (CVC) . Cochrane Database  Syst Rev: 2015 Issue 9: Cd010367. IF = 5.939

Broadhurst D, Moureau N, Ullman AJ Central venous access device site care practices: an international survey of 34 countries. 2015 Journal of Vascular Access epub 

Alexandrou E, Ray-Barruel G, Carr P, Frost S, Inwood S, Higgins N, Lin F, Mermel L, Rickard CM. A global prevalence study on the use of peripheral intravenous catheters: results of a pilot study in 13 countries. Journal of Hospital Medicine. Aug;10(8):530-3. doi: 10.1002/jhm.2389. 

Keogh S, Flynn J, Marsh N, Higgins N, Davies K, Rickard CM. Nursing and midwifery practice for maintenance of vascular access device patency. A cross-sectional survey. Int J Nurs Stud. 2015 Nov;52(11):1678-85. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.07.001. Epub 2015 Jul 11.

Walker G, Chan R, Alexandrou E, Webster J, Rickard CM. Effectiveness of electrocardiographic guidance in CVAD tip placement. British Journal of Nursing. 2015 Jul 22;24 Suppl 14:S4-S12. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2015.24.Sup14.S4.

Marsh N, Mihala G, Ray-Barruel G, Webster J, Wallis MC, Rickard CM. Inter-rater agreement of peripheral intravenous catheter-related phlebitis signs, symptoms and scales. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015. Jul 17. doi: 10.1111/jep.12396.

Ullman A, Keogh S, Long D, Coyer F, New K, Rickard CM. 'True Blood' The Critical Care Story: An audit of blood sampling practice across adult, paediatric and neonatal intensive care settings. ACC. 2015 June. pii: S1036-7314(15)00075-2. doi: 10.1016/j.aucc.2015.06.002.

Marsh NM, Webster J, Chan R, Mihala G, Rickard CM. Devices and dressings to secure peripheral venous catheters to prevent complications. (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Jun 12;6:CD011070. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011070.pub2. 

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Give us a Hi FIVE and Help Fund Intra-Vascular Excellence!

Running costs for the AVATAR group are now are approaching $1 million per year. The bulk of this money goes to research nurse wages: worth every cent!

The group has been fortunate to receive Australian government funding  for several studies, with occasional and much appreciated support from industry partners.

In order to continue our research and teaching projects, the AVATAR group has recently launched our fundraising  campaign - the Hi FIVE campaign - Help Fund IntraVascular Excellence in 5 domains: Dressing and Securement;  Flushing and Blood Sampling; Education and Evidence-Based Practice; Infection Prevention; Devices and Therapy.

We aim to raise $5 million to continue our work for the next 5 years. All donations are greatly appreciated, big or small, from community members or organizations.
Tax deductions apply.
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