Central venous access – online course
Please note that this course is no longer CME accredited, but we are working on a new accredited version.
Authors: T. Rodt and E. Kehagias
Reviewers: M. Deutschmann, F. Fanelli, M. Hoffmann, C. Nice and R. Uberoi
This course corresponds to chapter 220.127.116.11.7 Central Venous Access in the European Curriculum and Syllabus for IR.
Central venous access (CVA) is one of the most frequently performed procedures in interventional radiology and, therefore, the quality of medical care and service provided in these ostensibly easy procedures is projected onto the perception of interventional radiology as a whole by referring physicians, patients and the public. To give an example of the enormous caseload: more than 400,000 ports are implanted per year in the USA alone.
“Venous Access Devices” (VADs) include non-tunnelled and tunnelled central catheters (including peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) and totally implantable (TI) VADs or “ports”. Arm VAD placement is a further valuable option for vascular access. This course is intended to review the relevant anatomy for VAD placement, indications for the different devices, technique of placement, possible complications and their management.
- What are the indications for CVA placement?
- What are the different VAD subtypes?
- What is the relevant anatomy?
- Where should the tip of a central venous catheter be positioned?
- Which access techniques are used?
- Which techniques are used for implantation of each VAD type?
- What are the major complications and how are they managed?
This course covers a basic level of IR knowledge and is designed for trainees, students or young consultants aiming to acquire essential knowledge or prepare for the EBIR exam. Thereby, it is tailored to the European Curriculum and Syllabus for IR and corresponds to chapter 18.104.22.168.7 Central Venous Access.
The format of the course is interactive and easy to use, including texts, graphics, videos and a quiz to support your learning. The course duration is around two hours.
Access to complete and revisit the course is granted for an enrolment period of 90 days.
Release date: April 2019