Specialised teams can help to better organise vascular access and enhance patient safety, an HSJ roundtable heard


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Ensuring safe vascular access is a fundamental part of the care of many hospital patients with up to 90 per cent of inpatients requiring intravenous access for delivery of fluids and medication or blood sampling.

Historically vascular access has been carried out by anaesthetists, radiologists and medical consultants. But an HSJ roundtable heard that introducing specialist teams to assess patients for vascular access, and then insert, care and maintain devices has many advantages from both an organisational perspective and that of the patient.

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