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Robbin George
WoCoVA Blog

Dear VA professionals [Vendors included] who will be attending the 1st World Congress on Vascular Access [www.wocova.com] in Amsterdam June 16-17-18
Please use this space to post daily updates for those of us who are unable to attend this momentous  event

Thank You in Advance  
Robbin George RN Vascular Access Resource Dept Alexandria Hospital Virginia

lynncrni
Hi Robbin, I will be there

Hi Robbin, I will be there giving 2 presentations. But I am not planning to take my computer and can not add to this forum from my iPhone. Sorry but maybe someone else will be able to. I try to leave my computer at home since gettng through security with it is a hassle now. Lynn

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

126 Main Street, PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257

Website http://www.hadawayassociates.com

Office Phone 770-358-7861

nancymoureau
WOCOVA here we come

I think we are all looking forward to a fantastic meeting at WOCOVA! The programs appear to be excellent and there is much excitement about the whole event. I can't wait to hear where the next WOCOVA will be held. I will try to post daily with the events and highlights!

:)

Nancy Moureau

PICC Excellence, Inc.

Nancy L. Moureau, BSN, CRNI, CPUI, VA-BC

PICC Excellence, Inc

 

Robbin George
Thanks Lynn--I'm sure you

Thanks Lynn--I'm sure you will be able to supply us with a wonderful summary of events when you return

Good Luck and Travel Safe

Robbin George RN Vascular Access Resource Dept Alexandria Hospital Virginia

Robbin George RN VA-BC

Robbin George
And to our friend

And to our friend Nancy--Looking forward to seeing your observations in print in this space

Thanks for replying--Wishing you a safe journey

Robbin George RN Vascular Access Resource Dept Alexandria Hospital Virginia

Robbin George RN VA-BC

nancymoureau
WOCOVA

Arrived in Amsterdam this morning after an over night flight (Uckk) and enjoyed seeing
all the changes in the city since the last time I visited. Met up with Jack LeDonne
(Thank you Jack!), Tim Spencer, Evan, PJ Haylock, Nadine, Gail, Margie, Audrey, Leigh Ann and others
for a lovely walking tour around the Dam Square, The Royal Palace, The New Church,
Rembrandt's house, the red light district, canals, Anne Frank's house, and the inside of
a pub! Few Heinekins, Guinness and others and life was quite good. Bicycles everywhere
and all the people are sooo slim. The conference starts first thing in the morning and
goes until 5 or 6, then dinner meetings. Very sleepy!! Night all...Nancy

Nancy L. Moureau, BSN, CRNI, CPUI, VA-BC

PICC Excellence, Inc

 

nancymoureau
WOCOVA Blog

Update for all my friends on Amsterdam. Yesterday was full of meetings with Dr Sean Berenholtz from John's Hopkins who spoke on improving patient safety by doing the dance. I strongly recommend the book for the details by P Pronovost titled Safer Patients: Smart hospitals. My two presentations went well, so many programs could not attend all with three concurrent sessions all day on PICCs. Jack LeDonne was VERY busy all day with many presentations, go Jack! Lots of presentations on EKG and tip placement. The exhibit hall was so full it extended into another area. Lots of excitement and activity. Walked and walked, also enjoyed Indonesian food with the Australians, PJ Haylock and a new nurse from Ireland, say hello to Peter! Tim Spencer says HI to all. Amsterdam is a lovely place and all the people are quite nice, speaking Dutch of course, but also most speak excellent English making it very easy to manage communication. Today includes consensus forums with Dr. Maki and many other notables, primary focus on CVCs, ultrasound and EKG. The conference has already been excellent with two more days of packed content. Congratulations to Ton Boxtel, Mauro Pittirutti, Josie Stone and all the others who worked so hard to make this vision of more than 6 years ago a reality! Off to class...Nancy

Nancy L. Moureau, BSN, CRNI, CPUI, VA-BC

PICC Excellence, Inc

 

MarkCVL
Please note that Dr. Sean

Please note that Dr. Sean Berenholtz will be speaking at the opening session at the upcoming 2010 AVA Scientific Meeting (Sept 24-26th) in the DC area.  Joining him will be Dr. Dennis Maki and Dr. Issam Raad.  Hope everyone will join us!!!!!

nancymoureau
WOCOVA blog

Today is day two with a focus on CVCs and risk management/safety. Attendance at WOCOVA is about 550-650 with experienced nurses and doctors. Excellent presentations today by a panel of infection experts, Drs Zingg, Jarvis Maki, Pratt, Scopettulo and Bouza. Certainly Dr. Jarvis is well known for his position on needleless connectors, Dr Scopettulo with Italian infection prevention on the CVC team at Catholic hospital in Rome, Dr. Pratt as the lead with the UK EPIC 2 Evidence with Prevention in Infection Control and of course Dr. Maki who needs no introduction. This panel of experts not only spoke but then discussed various issues among themselves of disinfection of caps, antimicrobial catheters, blood cultures and definitive diagnosis of infection, drawing blood through a catheter and much more. There were so many programs going on it was impossible to attend all. The abstracts were fantastic again (two days of abstracts) with our own tim Royer, Dr Eggimann with the education infection prevention research, Peter Carr from Ireland, Gail Sanivero and Margie Galloway, Tim Spencer and Evan from Australia. So much information and so many people to network and talk with. Lots of information on the EKG technique with all the ins and outs of the process. There were workshops on pediatric and neonatal ultrasound and CVCs. I missed the workshop on ultrasound for CVC/IJs and Subclavians. Had a discussion with Tim Spencer and Jack LeDonne on subclavian placement and why they are inserting lateral , getting away from the pleura and really that ends up to be the axillary vein (even through all the other doctors call it subclavian - they are wrong since the subclavian starts at the inferior border of the clavicle) and why this is a safer location. We were busy all day and even on short breaks spent time in the exhibit hall checking out products and talking with people. The posters were also excellent, lots of research and project papers. I had the honor of helping to grade the posters, which I really appreciated since it made me read everything, great work! Lots of presentations by Marcia Ryder, Denis Maki, Jack LeDonne and others. The day ended with two meetings with CareFusion panel in one location and Teleflex Medical/Arrow panel out on the constructed beach (an area of sand and recliners near a cafe made to look like a beach!). The Dutch event was also held out by the beach. I know a bit more about the Teleflex panel since I moderated a great group of folks, Marcia Ryder, Sheila Inwood (UK), Jack LeDonne, Mauro Pittiruti (Italy), Giancarlo Scopettulo (Italy) and Tim Spencer (Australia). The discussion on Vessel Health and Preservation was animated and included points about device selection from Marcia, Team development by Sheila, Ultrasound application by Jack, EKG usage by Giancarlo and Antimicrobial application by Tim. Great discussions and good presentations. Ton Boxtel did a fantastic job organizing so much of the WOCOVA and deserves much credit! The dutch event included raw herring (Lynn Hadaway passed on the raw fish!), dutch pancakes, deep fried fish balls, cheese sticks and much more. In the end we Americans wanted a bit more to eat and so dashed off to have dinner. The evenings are long here and before you know it you find it 10pm and it is still light, by 11 it is dark but agains is light by 5:30am during the summer months. Even walking around here you must be careful to sidestep the bicycles since they are everywhere, even late at night. Time for me to sleep, Nitey nite!

Nancy L. Moureau, BSN, CRNI, CPUI, VA-BC

PICC Excellence, Inc

 

nancymoureau
WOCOVA blog

Today, the last day, was all about ports and workshops. The exhibits were great with lots of product variety, give aways and ice cream! Good panel for consensus on ports, workshops on ultrasound with CVC/port placement and hands-on. I saw a new ultrasound, integration of EKG and veinfinder. Spent time with Jim Lacy, Steve Hill and friends from UK, Antonella Scocca from Itay, Mary Carmen from Spain, Ivano and Drs La Grecca, Pittirutti and Scopettulo from Italy, Jan Hitchcock and Sheila Inwood from the UK and many others. So much to talk about and to share. Later in the afternoon as the program was closing a few of us went off to see the Van Gogh exhibit, lots of walking, a nice market with fun things to see and an aborted trip to the canal boats left me ready for bed in preparation for early morning drive to the airport. amsterdam is a great city, easy to walk around, take the tram or taxi. the many spires are beautiful and the canals have swans and ducks to enjoy observing paddling around.WOCOVA was a fantastic success and we are all talking about the next time hopefully in two years! All the best to everyone, Nancy

Nancy L. Moureau, BSN, CRNI, CPUI, VA-BC

PICC Excellence, Inc

 

Daphne Broadhurst
Thank You!

A huge thanks to Nancy for taking time from your obviousy full yet fun days to give those of us back home a glimpse into this exciting new forum. We're very anxious to hear where the next congress is.

Daphne Broadhurst
Desjardins Pharmacy
Ottawa, Canada

laurenb
WoCoVa

 Nancy, your efforts are GREATLY appreciated by those of us left behind!  Sounds like a huge success.

Lauren

 

Lauren Blough, RN, BS, CRNI, VA-BC
Clinical Development Manager
Biolife, LLC "Makers of StatSeal"

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