Hospitals & Services

CVAD Study Day


The aim of the study day is to provide an evidence based multidisciplinary theoretical study day with a lab practicum component to support best practice in the management and care of CVADs.  Develop critical thinking skills in assessment and management of CVADs.

  • ​Anatomy and physiology
  • Types, definition, selection and insertion
  • Advantages and disadvantages of devices
  • Principles of infection prevention and control
  • Clinical pharmacy - drug and fluid administration and problem drugs.
  • Clinical risk management - serious events involving CVADs
  • Identifying complications and strategies for management and prevention.
  • Interactive lab practicum which includes dressing, changing access devices, blood sampling, flushing, accessing Portacaths, troubleshooting PICC, Hickman, non tunneled CVC and Portacaths.
  • Scenarios - group work.
Dates 2017Please login to healthlearn where you will find all dates for 2017
Duration​One day 0800-1630hrs

​Clinical Skills Unit
5th Floor
Riverside Block
Christchurch Hospital


​All bookings are through healthLearn.  You will need to create an account if you have not already got one. Instructions are on the homepage.
All enquiries email

Target Audience​Registered Nurses and Midwives seeking to up-skill knowledge and practice, NE's, ME's, IV Link Staff.
Pre requisite
  • ​Initial IV Therapy certification
  • Complete the theory component (100% pass) of the online non implanted device assessment via healthLearn. Please note: if you have a current CVAD certification you are not required to complete the assessment again.
  • Complete the Learning Agreement on healthLearn and send it to the PDU. 
  • Read the RCA Report and be ready to discuss it during the day. 
  • Print off a Patient Information Booklet from the Additonal Resources section located on the healthLearn page.  
  • Be familiar with the CENTRAL VENOUS ACCESS DEVICE Resource Book 2011.pdf located in the Additional Resources section on healthLearn. NB Partnering organisations refer to your NE/Nurse Manager for a healthLearn login to enable you to complete the online assessment.
  • Failure to complete any of these
    pres-requisites will mean you will not be able to attend and you will need to rebook.
Links to CDHB/MOH initiatives​The Ministry of Health (2010) has identified CVAD management as a key national focus area in the NZ Health Strategy for the prevention of catheter related bacteraemia improving patient safety across the health sector.








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