The sponsored satellite symposia will be held every day during luchtime from 13:00 – 14:00. The symposia schedule and more details can be found below.


3M – Patient Safety: Creating Meaningful Change in High Variability Environments
BD – Best Practices in Vascular Access Management – A Proven Approach to Improving Patient Care
AngioDynamics – Evolve to BioFlo Technology. Evidence-Based Education. Evidence-Based Care. Evidence-Based Outcomes.


B.Braun – Ultrasound and ECG: Better Tools, Smarter Decisions, Advanced Care
BD – Mitigating the Risk of Post-insertion Catheter Complications through Evidence-Based Vascular Access Management
ICU Medical – Needleless Connectors: More Science Behind Bacterial Transfer!
Smiths Medical – Advancing Peripheral Intravenous Vascular Access – Opportunities and Early Experience with Closed System Catheters

FRIDAY JUNE 22, 2018

Pall Medical – Filter Protect Patients From Harmful Particles
BD – Global Vascular Access Management; Patient-Centered Device Selection
Geistlich Pharma – Infection of Central Venous Access Devices

Patient Safety: Creating Meaningful Change in High Variability Environments

Wednesday June 20, 2018
Tivoli Congress Hall
13:00 – 14:00


Catheter-related complications remain a global critical issue that impact patient safety. Despite advancements in knowledge – such as guidelines, clinical data, or technology – complications exist and often at alarmingly high rates.  Join us for a discussion on how two clinical leaders, from South Africa and Turkey, are addressing these challenges in the ever-changing world of medicine where variability is ubiquitous.


Professor Guy Richards, MBBCh, PhD, FCP(SA), FRCP, Professor & Academic Head Division of Critical Care, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Director, Department of Critical Care & Chief Physician in the Department of Medicine/Pulmonology, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital

Professor Serhat Unal, MD, FACP, FEFIM, Head of Infectious Diseases Department, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

Dr. Pat Parks, MD, PhD, 3M Medical Director of Critical/Chronic Care Division, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Translational Research Center, Minneapolis, USA


13:00               Introduction – Dr. Pat Parks, MD, PhD
13:10               Stewardship and Infection Control: “Best Care Always” – Professor Guy Richards, MBBCh, PhD, FCP(SA), FRCP
13:30               National PIV Guideline Development: Key Learnings, Practical Implications – Professor Serhat Unal, MD, FACP, FEFIM
13:50               Summary – Dr. Pat Parks, MD, PhD
14:00              Adjourn

Best Practices in Vascular Access Management – A Proven Approach to Improving Patient Care

Wednesday June 20, 2018
13:00 – 14:00


Peripheral vascular access is a routine procedure that is conducted worldwide, it is estimated that 60-90% of hospital inpatients will require an IV catheter (helm et al, 2015).  However routine doesn’t mean low risk, as 35-50% of peripheral catheters have to be removed prematurely due to catheter related complications such as dislodgement, occlusion, phlebitis, infiltration, extravasation or infections impacting the standard patient care and outcome for the patients (Wallis et al, 2014; Helm et al 2015). In Europe, evidence based guidelines developed for the prevention of catheter related complications ensure clinicians follow the best clinical practices to reduce complications and ensure patient care.
This workshop will show how monitoring, training and ensuring compliance to best practices supported by evidence-based recommendations (guidelines, standards, experts’ consensus recommendations) enables better patient care/outcomes.


13:00 Welcome & Introductions
13:05 European experts’ consensus on peripheral VAM (VAD selection, insertion, care and maintenance) based on the most recent evidence is a key success for standardizing best practices – Professor Mauro Pittiruti, Italy
13:20 How a collaborative approach with hospitals to providing best practice compliance monitoring can improve practice and patient outcomes – Anne Leitch, RN &  Lise Axford, RN, UK
13:35 Peripheral Inserted Vascular Catheter best practice & eLearning programs have a positive impact on clinicians’ vascular access management, efficiency, clinical, and interpersonal skills – Dr Thomas Gale, UK
13:50 Q&A and Closing Remarks Professor Mauro Pittiruti, Italy


Evolve to BioFlo Technology. Evidence-Based Education. Evidence-Based Care. Evidence-Based Outcomes.

Wednesday June 20, 2018
13:00 – 14:00

This session will focus on thrombotic complications associated with use of vascular access catheters and how these outcomes can be improved with catheter technology. Please join us to hear success stories with BioFlo PICCs from clinicians around the world.

13:00-13:15 Catheter related thrombosis – Stephanie Pitts, MSN, RN, CPN, VA-BC

13:15-13:30 Reduced incidence of clinically evident PICC-related DVT in sarcoma patients – Liz Simcock, RN

13:30-13:45 A prospective study investigating the incidence of intraluminal occlusions and upper extremity deep vein thrombosis in patient’s receiving the BioFlo PASV PICC – Jane Pain, RN

13:45-14:00 Questions and Discussion

Ultrasound and ECG: Better Tools, Smarter Decisions, Advanced Care

Thursday June 21, 2018
Tivoli Congress Hall
13:00 – 14:00


This symposium addresses some real world vascular access problems and how technology can help you to attain better patient outcomes. Three experts will share their experience and solutions for common challenges in vascular access. A focus of the session is the advanced use of ultrasound for difficult vascular access patients. When should ultrasound be used for peripheral lines? And how can longer PIVCs help to overcome the challenges of patients with difficult vascular access? Furthermore, we will present examples how ECG technology can support your «unusual» patient cases for PICC placements and port implantations. The goal is to be informative, interesting and exciting.

13:00 – 13:05 Introduction & Moderation – Gregory Schears MD, USA
13:05 – 13:20 Vascular access in a complicated world, current problems and concerns – Andrew Jackson, UK
13:20 – 13:35 A solution for difficult vascular access: Ultrasound guided placement of longer length peripheral IVCs – Gregory Schears MD, USA
13:35 – 13:50 ECG technique for IV Ports and PICC tip positioning: Unusual patient cases – Prof. Marguerite Stas, Belgium
13:50 – 14:00 Questions & Answers

Mitigating the Risk of Post-insertion Catheter Complications through Evidence-Based Vascular Access Management

Thursday June 21, 2018
13:00 – 14:00

Over the last twenty-five years a great deal of attention has been given to improve insertion related practices for both peripheral and central catheters.   And while these interventions have decreased insertion risks, more clinical evidence is required to proactively manage and reduce the risk of post-insertion complications such as phlebitis, intraluminal catheter occlusion and blood stream infections.  This fifty minute presentation will feature four, evidence-based outcome studies which highlight the necessity for best practices, differentiated product technology and procedures to mitigate the risk of post-insertion catheter-related complications.


1.     Demonstrate how flushing peripheral IV catheters with pre-filled saline syringes can prevent catheter failures and unscheduled catheter replacement
2.     Explore the historical use of open 3-way stopcock systems compared to closed technology as a risk reduction strategy for reducing the risk of central line complications
3.     Describe the clinical and economic impact of an evidence-based care and maintenance bundle, inclusive of a novel needle free connector design, for one group of home infusion patients
4.     Discuss the relationship between central venous catheter intraluminal blood occlusion and it’s correlation to the risk of central line associated blood stream infections during the use of differently designed needle free connectors


13.00 – 13.03 Welcome to audience & introduction of Chair Josie Stone  – J. Paloyan
13.03 – 13.10 Session overview & introduction of speakers  – J. Stone
13.10 – 13.20 The impact of pre-filled saline flush syringes in reducing the Incidence of peripheral venous catheter failure. A quasi-experimental multi-center study – M. Pujol
13.20 – 13.30 Clinical Impact of Needleless Connectors Design: A Systematic Review – V. Rosenthal
13.30 – 13.40 The influence of needle-free connector design on central catheter occlusion –  A.Williams
13.40 – 13.50 Central Venous Catheter Occlusion and Infection Risk; The Impact of Needleless Connector Design – V. Lange
13.50 – 13.58 Q&A – J. Stone
13.58 – 14.00 Close –  J. Paloyan

Needleless Connectors: More Science Behind Bacterial Transfer!

Thursday June 21, 2018
13:00 – 14:00

Marcia Ryder, PhD MS RN.
Needleless connectors provide access to vascular access devices for injection or infusion without the risk of needlestick injury to the clinician; however, at the same time, they provide direct access for the transfer of microorganisms to the intraluminal flow path. Results of in vitro research comparing twenty needleless connectors presented in this session demonstrate that there are significant differences in the bacterial transfer rate and intraluminal biofilm formation among these devices. What are the design risk factors that account for these differences, and can they predict bacterial transfer risk? How do these findings translate to clinical practice? This session will examine the science behind bacterial transfer and biofilm colonization from connector septum to catheter tip, flow patterns, and the critical components of prevention by disinfection and frequency of change.

Learning objectives:
•  Answer the question: What does biofilm have to do with needleless connector-related bloodstream infection?
•  Understand the impact of bacterial transfer, device design, flow patterns, and flow dynamics on intraluminal biofilm formation in a needleless connector/catheter system
•  Examine the critical factors for effective access site disinfection

Advancing Peripheral Intravenous Vascular Access – Opportunities and Early Experience with Closed System Catheters

Thursday June 21, 2018
13:00 – 14:00

This session will focus on the challenges and complications of current peripheral venous access, the limitations of current PIVCs and the opportunities presented by Peripheral Intravenous Closed System Catheters.

13:00 – 13:20   Clinical practice of peripheral intravenous access, including clinical evidence and complications of active safety, passive safety, blood control catheters – Andrew Barton, RN, IV Lead at Frimley Health NHS Trust, UK and Chair of NIVAS
13:20 – 13:40  Clinical experience with emerging peripheral intravenous access technology, including closed system catheters, designed to help address the limitations and complications of current PIVC products. – Evan Alexandrou, RN, PhD, Clinical Nurse Consultant |Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, Australia
13:40 – 14:00  Questions and Discussion

Filter Protect Patients From Harmful Particles

Friday June 22, 2018
Tivoli Congress Hall
13:00 – 14:00

With the progress in medical treatment, infusion therapy has become increasingly complex, particularly in intensive care units. An increasing number of patients are undergoing complex and intense treatment, during which they encounter critical phases of impaired vital function, frequently accompanied by reduced microcirculation in vital organs. Pall In-Line Filters can play a significant role in preventing contamination by integrating them in a point-of-care infusion system to provide effective protection against particles and nanoparticles. Several studies have shown that the use of infusion filters considerably reduced complications associated with particles and nanoparticles. Protect What Matters – Every Day

This Pall Satellite Symposium is about to learn more why Particle Filtration:
♦  Is Recommended
♦ Is a Viable Solution to Protect Surgical Patients against Phlebitis
ο Villa G et al., In-Line Filtration Reduces Postoperative Venous Peripheral Phlebitis Associated With Cannulation: A Randomized Clinical Trial, 2018.
♦ Has Economical Value
ο Sasse M et al., In-line Filtration Decreases Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome,  Renal and Hematologic Dysfunction in Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Patients, 2015.

Ton van Boxtel (Congress President WoCoVA)
 – Josie Stone RN CPNP (Clinical Education Consultant, US)
Aspects on critical patient safety and protection: should fluid filtration be a factor of critical thinking skills analysis or a standard of care?”
Dr. Gianluca Villa (University Florence, Italy)
Phlebitis – Can In-Line Filters Protect the Surgical Patient?
Dr. Michael Sasse (University Hospital of Hanover (MHH), Germany)
Inflammation, Sepsis, Organ Failure – Can In-Line Filters Protect the ICU Patient?

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Global Vascular Access Management; Patient-Centered Device Selection

Friday June 22, 2018
13:00 – 14:00


The use of intravenous therapy in healthcare has become routine and progressively complex. Despite the increase in patient acuity and the growing plethora of devices available there is no agreed single approach to optimizing vascular access.

The literature has identified the need for improved service delivery in vascular access and states that proactive assessment of, and planning for, patients’ venous access needs can result in greater patient satisfaction and a decrease in delays in treatment, hospital stays and risk of iatrogenic morbidity (Barton et al 1998, Galloway 2002).

The speakers will share their experience and the supporting evidence surrounding the determination of vascular access needs and appropriate choice of intravenous device to optimise outcomes.


13:00 Welcome & introduction – Prof Claire Rickard, Australia
13:05 Share experience and evidence supporting the development of processes for the identification of patients with difficult venous access and appropriate vascular access device choice.
13:20 Present how the development of a Vascular Access Team can facilitate proactive venous access assessment – Noemí Cortés, RN, Spain
13:35 Share alternative solutions for managing Difficult Intravenous Access (DIVA).
13:50 Q&A and Closing Remarks – Prof Claire Rickard, Australia

Infection of Central Venous Access Devices

Friday June 22, 2018
13:00 – 14:00


Catheter-related blood stream infections (CRBSI) are one of the most frequent complications of central venous catheters. They are associated with a high mortality and morbidity rate and significantly increase the hospitalization time and treatment costs of patients. This session will deal with the causes and consequences of CRBSI as well as prevention and treatment strategies.


13:00  Introduction – Prof. Pittiruti (Rome, IT)
13:10  Catheter-related bloodstream infections: be careful about intraluminal colonization! – Dr. Scoppettuolo (Rome, IT)
13:30  Taurolidine 2% to prevent catheter-related bloodstream infections in patients on home parenteral nutrition – Prof. Wanten (Nijmegen, NL)
13:50  Discussion – Prof. Pittiruti (Rome, IT)
14:00  End

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