Is this true? If so how can something like this happen in this day and age? Could any of you imagine the uproar if the president-elect of the AMA or the New England Journal of Medicine worked for a device company? What is going on with many of you IV therapy RN's? As I have written in aÂ prior post: I was shocked when my surgical group took over the PICC program to see how many of our IV RN's were on the payroll of this vendor and were making decisions in behalf of this vendor as opposed to the hospital let alone the patient. It is unbelievable in this day and age that conflicts of interest like this take place. In my hospital we can no longer accept a dinner or golf outing from a vendor. But in IV therapy it is common place for many RN's to work for device or drug companies. I think many of you are way out of control and it is relationships like this that will force strong government intervention in the medical profession.Â Apparently,Â some of usÂ health-care professionals are not capable of conducting ourselves in an ethical manner. If it is true that the president-elect of AVA also works for the leading PICC catheter manufacturer there is at the very least an appearance of conflict of interests.Â Everything in this organization maybe perfectly by the book, butÂ I would look at the articles in AVA and wonder if they were truly independent because of this egregious conflict. Mark my word: If we don't clean up the medical profession somebody will do it for us.