What is the Vascular Access Safety Committee?
The Vanderbilt Vascular Access Safety Committee is a sub-committee of the Patient Safety Commitee.
n A multidisciplinary team responsible for reviewing Vanderbilt's approach to vascular access in a variety of settings.
n Focus on patient safety as an essential in vascular access.
n Responsible for review of devices, infection control statistics, policies, consistency of practice, unusual occurrences.
n Provide consultation to practitioners for vascular access related problems
n Development, oversight and monitoring of all institutional policies and practices governing the insertion, maintenance, removal, and complications related to vascular access.
n Overseeing practitioner adherence to vascular access related policies.
n Utilization of computerized database for continuous collection, analysis, and reporting of data regarding catheter utilization and complications.
n Providing education and consultation regarding vascular access practice and problems.
n Placement of all vascular access and oversight of insertion practices.
n Evaluation of new and existing vascular access devices and vascular access related products and technology.
n Design, implementation, analysis and publication / presentation of local and industry funded related research.
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