Benchmarking data has validated that patients with planned vascular access device (VAD) placement have fewer device placements, less difficulty with device insertions, fewer venipunctures, earlier assessment for placement of central VADs, and shorter hospital stays. This article will discuss VAD program planning, early assessment for VAD selection, and benchmarking of program data used to achieve positive infusion-related outcomes.
Margy M. Galloway is PICC Coordinator for Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Missouri. She has organized and maintained the PICC program, which began in March 1999. The program includes evaluation and placement of PICCs and assisting with the management of all VADs.
Address correspondence to: Margy Galloway, 5528 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Raytown, MO 64133.