Central venous access devices (CVADs) provide for the administration of all types of medications and solutions including chemotherapeutics, vesicants, solutions with high osmolarity and all irritant medications. While CVADs provide safe vascular access, complications can and do occur. When complications do arise, the clinician must be able to recognize the symptoms, identify the problem, report findings to the physician and actively treat or manage the complication immediately to provide the patient with best outcomes.
The course discusses some of the more common complications associated with CVADs, signs, symptoms and information to help you identify these complications, teach you how to manage each problem and show you ways to prevent and avoid these complications. We will discuss the various complications individually, providing a comprehensive review of each.
Accidental arterial access
Air or catheter emboli
Inability to remove a PICC
Once you have completed this educational program, you will take a posttest to confirm your understanding of central venous access device complications. You will be asked to identify the signs/symptoms of a complication, ways to prevent the complication, and what to do if the complication arises. The posttest consists of 30 multiple choice questions. Successful completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher is necessary to receive continuing education credits for this program.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15304 Continuing Nursing Education also provided through Florida Board of Nursing, Provider # 50-1594
PICC Qualification Pathway