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Vessel Health and Preservation: The Right Approach for Vascular Access

Editors: Moureau, Nancy (Ed.)

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  • Presents the first comprehensive intentional process for vascular access selection, insertion, management and evaluation
  • Discusses the design, application of evidence and guidelines to provide greater safety for patients
  • Offers a useful guide for nurses, educators, administrators, manufacturers and patients 
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This Open access book offers updated and revised information on vessel health and preservation (VHP), a model concept first published in poster form in 2008 and in JVA in 2012, which has received a great deal of attention, especially in the US, UK and Australia. 
The book presents a model and a new way of thinking applied to vascular access and administration of intravenous treatment, and shows how establishing and maintaining a route of access to the bloodstream is essential for patients in acute care today. Until now, little thought has been given to an intentional process to guide selection, insertion and management of vascular access devices (VADs) and by default actions are based on crisis management when a quickly selected VAD fails. The book details how VHP establishes a framework or pathway model for each step of the patient experience, intentionally guiding, improving and eliminating risk when possible. The evidence points to the fact that reducing fragmentation, establishing a pathway, and teaching the process to all stakeholders reduces complications with intravenous therapy, improves efficiency and diminishes cost. As such this book appeals to bedside nurses, physicians and other health professionals.

About the authors

Nancy Moureau, RN, PhD, BSN, CRNI, CPUI, VA-BC  is an internationally recognized speaker and expert in the field of vascular access, infusion therapy and specifically peripherally inserted central catheters. A nurse for more than 35 years, Nancy continues her clinical work as staff member on the PICC/IV team at Greenville Memorial Hospital  SC, USA. As the owner and CEO of PICC Excellence, Nancy creates online educational programs and works with companies to provide education to clinicians. She is constantly involved with research and literature analysis, now working in conjunction with Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia where she earned her PhD in 2017 and the AVATAR group Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research as an adjunct associate professor. Nancy takes on many projects and most recently chaired the International Consensus Forum for the World Congress of Vascular Access (WoCoVA) to establish Standard Minimal Education Requirements for Central Venous Access Devices. She has established the only registered PICC Certification process, Certified PICC Ultrasound Inserter, where those who meet and maintain qualifications gain the credentials CPUI. The author of more than 50 publications, recipient of the Herbst Award for lifetime achievement and key opinion leader on vascular access.

Table of contents (23 chapters)

Table of contents (23 chapters)
  • The VHP Model

    Pages 3-8

    Moureau, Nancy L.

  • Right Assessment and Vein Selection

    Pages 9-22

    Alexandrou, Evan

  • Device Selection

    Pages 23-41

    Moureau, Nancy L. (et al.)

  • Training and Education

    Pages 45-58

    Alexandrou, Evan (et al.)

  • Specialized Vascular Access Teams

    Pages 59-65

    Carr, Peter J. (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Vessel Health and Preservation: The Right Approach for Vascular Access
  • Nancy Moureau
Springer International Publishing
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Number of Pages
XVII, 303
Number of Illustrations
27 b/w illustrations, 97 illustrations in colour