Vascular Access Specialists
Vascular Access Specialists is a term that accurately describes Vascular Wellness but, few others. Vascular Wellness provides standard and advanced line placement, education, training, infection control and prevention, and full administrative support services, including a 24/7 Vascular Access Support team with an on-call clinician. Vascular Wellness places standard lines such as PIVs, Midlines, and PICCs, and advanced lines such as Internal Jugulars, Mid-Thigh Femorals, Vas Caths for Dialysis and Quad Lumens, Tunneled Catheters, and Arterial Lines. Vascular Wellness pioneered nurse placed Small Bore and Large Bore lines. Vascular Access Specialists is a phrase used by many transactional mobile PICC Services companies that claim to be specialists but fall short. These PICC Services companies employ 1099 nurses that, in many cases, self-certify their competency, and their services typically consist of only standard lines, including Ultrasound Guided PIVs, Midlines, and PICCs.
VASCULAR ACCESS SPECIALISTS
As Vascular Access Specialists, Vascular Wellness nurse clinicians are Vascular Access Board Certified (VA-BC), insured, skill-verified, and salaried W2 employees. Vascular Wellness requires bi-annual skill verification ensuring adherence to proprietary policies, procedures, competencies, and best practices. We focus on holistic and comprehensive care and do not follow the pay per procedure model plus performance bonuses used by others that may create some adverse incentives for speed at the bedside versus holistic medical care helping to ensure the placement of the right line at the right time, the first time. In fact, Vascular Wellness employs a Director of Research and Development who not only helps us stay up to date on best practices but helps us continue to innovate and improve upon Vascular Access Services.
Vascular Access Specialists practice holistic medical care, meaning talking to the patient, addressing questions and fears, and performing a comprehensive medical review. Prior to delivering any Vascular Access procedure, the Vascular Wellness clinician reviews the patient’s medical record, including history and lab reports, and independently verifies and confirms the doctor’s order. If our clinician has questions or disagrees with the prescribing doctor, the clinician will consult with the doctor. Our Vascular Access Specialists have earned the trust of many doctors, and such doctors will defer to the clinician’s recommendation by ordering a “consult” as compared to a specific line. Patient safety and vein preservation are critical – which is why a holistic, comprehensive evaluation and Advanced Lines are significant. Other companies claiming to be Vascular Access Specialists may not follow this same approach frustrating medical doctors and nurses primarily because those 1099 Contractor PICC nurses do not place Advanced Lines (i.e, no options other than PIVs, Midlines, and PICCs) and get paid on a pay per procedure model.
In states where nurses are permitted, as Vascular Access Specialists, Vascular Wellness clinicians can provide immediate X-Ray Clearance of lines when tip confirmation is not available or appropriate and X-Ray confirmation must be used. This saves money, time, and coordination with a Radiologist or other doctor and enables the lines to be used immediately to avoid delaying treatment. Quicker therapy leads to better outcomes.
As Vascular Access Specialists, Vascular Wellness uses top rated and hospital preferred supplies from Becton Dickinson (BD), formerly Bard. Superior supplies and services help mitigate the potential for poor outcomes such as bad placement, clotting, infections, and other adverse events. Other companies that are not Vascular Access Specialists may opt for inferior supplies and older equipment.
VASCULAR ACCESS NURSING
Vascular Access Nursing is a specialty not generally taught in nursing school and typically gained during employment with a company like Vascular Wellness or a hospital. Vascular Access Nursing is a skill that degrades over time if not used and practiced regularly. Vascular Access is an invasive procedure that is not benign and should only be performed by Vascular Access Specialists.
Vascular Access Nursing must include holistic, comprehensive, and compassionate care which is part of the Vascular Wellness training. Veins are not renewable resources and failure to take the time to fully understand the patient’s medical history can lead to bad results. For example, in certain clinical situations, PICCs and Midlines may not be appropriate such as when the patient has or likely will have kidney and renal failure, has or likely will have Deep Vein Thrombosis (or DVT), or had a mastectomy. In these situations, advanced lines provide the Vascular Access Specialist additional tools to enable Vascular Access Nursing while preserving veins and not shortening life expectancy. Vascular Access Nursing is not transactional or bedside nursing; it is the performance of a necessary and significant procedure enabling therapy and treatment.
At Vascular Wellness, Vascular Access Nursing includes, and we provide, policy and procedure consulting and documentation, EHR/CHR Vascular Access configuration, Vascular Access services reimbursement coding consulting and support, infection control support, and pediatric vascular access. We offer true Vascular Access Nursing, and much more than others claiming to be Vascular Access Specialists.
VASCULAR ACCESS BOARD CERTIFICATION
Vascular Access Board Certification is something that all who practice Vascular Access Nursing and call themselves Vascular Access Specialists should take seriously. As clinicians become eligible, we require Vascular Access Board Certification (VA BC) by the Association for Vascular Access (AVA). A VA BC nurse is a distinguished certification but by itself, does not prove competency which is why we invest heavily in our proprietary policies, procedures, training materials, and competencies. All of our Vascular Access Specialists must undergo didactic, simulation, and hands on training with preceptor sign-off plus bi-annual skill-verification to help ensure consistent and reliable quality by our clinicians even after obtaining their Vascular Access Board Certification. As Vascular Access Specialists, we invest more heavily in skill development than many companies claiming to be specialists, so our clients and patients get the very best in Vascular Access from our Vascular Access Specialists. Other companies claiming to be Vascular Access Specialists may or may not require the VA BC Nurse certification and may or may require additional training and skill-verification, bringing some doubt to their claims of their Vascular Access Team being Vascular Access Specialists.
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Vascular Wellnesssm provides comprehensive, quality, timely, and innovative vascular access services, including standard and advanced line placement, pediatrics, program management, education, training, and infection control and prevention to all healthcare settings such as Tertiary Hospitals, Community Hospitals, Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Surgical and Outpatient Centers, Hospice, and At-Home care. We support a 98+% Success Rate with zero (0) Insertion-Related Infections across all lines, with an average response time of 3 hours. We help our clients improve patient outcomes, enable faster therapy, reduce costs, infections, and readmissions, decrease hospital length of stay, and reduce transportation expenses.
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