Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


New edition of best practice guideline available

RNAO is proud to release the best practice guideline (BPG) Vascular Access, Second Edition

This new edition provides evidence-based recommendations and resources for nurses and the interprofessional team related to the insertion, assessment and maintenance of vascular access devices (VAD) in the infant (newborn – one year), pediatric (one – 18 years) and adult populations (18 years and older). The BPG also addresses the following: VAD education, vascular access specialists, peripheral VAD management, ultrasound-guided insertion, blood draws and pain management.

The evidence-based recommendations in this BPG are applicable to all practice settings where care is provided for persons with VADs (such as, but not limited to, primary care, rehabilitation, long-term care, acute care and community care), and it is to be used for all health providers who insert, assess and/or maintain VADs (e.g., RNs, NPs, RPNs and other health-care workers). This guideline replaces two RNAO BPGs released in 2004 and 2005: Assessment and Device Selection for Vascular Access and Care and Maintenance to Reduce Vascular Access Complications.

To download the Vascular Access, Second Edition BPG for free, visit: 

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