Using Simulation and Competency Assessment to Decrease Inappropriate Referrals to a Comprehensive Vascular Access Team

Academic Article


  • This department column highlights translation of research into health care quality practice. Achieving the highest quality of health care requires attention to creating and sustaining process efficiencies through the development of bedside provider competencies that result in workflow improvements and positive patient outcomes. An improvement intervention aimed at decreasing unnecessary referrals to a comprehensive vascular access team (CVAT) resulted in a 21% reduction in inappropriate consults to the team in approximately 6 weeks. The purpose of this article is to describe a simulation and competency assessment intervention aimed at increasing staff nurse proficiency in the emergency department for placing ultrasound-guided intravascular catheters, thereby reducing the number of inappropriate referrals to a CVAT team.
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    Author List

  • Nguyen S; Jones A; Polancich S; Poe T; Garrigan A; Talley M
  • Start Page

  • 55
  • End Page

  • 61
  • Volume

  • 42
  • Issue

  • 1