Currently the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research Group (AVATAR) at the Griffith University in Australia has about 100 hospitals across the USA and nearly 500 hospitals from 50 countries participating. Participation by other hospitals is definitely wanted. AVATAR is the group of researchers who performed the studies that drove changes in the standards of practice from routine site rotation of peripheral catheters at 72 to 96 hours to removal when clinically indicated.
Briefly this is a low risk audit on peripheral catheters with no intervention. The reason behind the study is that over a billion short peripheral catheters are inserted every year across the globe yet we have next to no data on how they are managed.
About 40% of patients will have at least one catheter fail during their hospitalization either from accidental dislodgement, infiltration, phlebitis, or occlusion. That is a huge number of unnecessary venipunctures, catheters, nursing time and other resources.
Here are a few more points about the study:
- The study coordinators have full ethics approval in Australia and IRB templates for US hospitals.
- Data remains the property of the hospital (you will receive data back as a report and spreadsheet with all catheter and dressing data).
- All information is de-identified so patient identify can not be obtained.
- Data collection can be done over a day or over a week – no set number, whatever your facility can manage (some are collecting data in the whole hospital while others are choosing a few nursing units.
To learn more about this valuable study, go to their website at http://www.omgpivc.org
If your hospital is interested in participating in this study, please contact
Evan Alexandrou RN MPH| Lecturer Email: E.Alexandrou@uws.edu.au
School of Nursing and Midwifery | University of Western Sydney
Advanced Practice Nurse |Central Venous Access & Intensive Care|Liverpool Hospital
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow| Griffith Health Institute Center for Health Practice Innovation|
Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research Group | Griffith University
Conjoint Lecturer|South West Sydney Clinical School|Faculty of Medicine |University of New South Wales