Criteria for vascular access education

Until recently, Vascular Access training programs were not standardized. The content of these trainings would vary between countries, delivered by trainers with different backgrounds, and thus resulting in a level of quality that would vary from one country to the other. To harmonize Vascular Access trainings a taskforce was formed which published, in 2013, their recommendations in the following paper:
Evidence-based consensus on the insertion of central venous access devices: definition of minimal requirements for training (British Journal of Anaesthesia, January 29, 2013, doi:10.1093/bja/aes499)

The taskforce’s goals were:

  1. to define criteria for educational and training programs throughout the world, based on the most resent research and best practice, that meet WoCoVAs standards;
  2. to advise WoCoVA on implementation strategies of these educational and training criteria and;
  3. to advise on the improvement of vascular access educational programs, both theoretical and practical.

The taskforce, composed of vascular access professionals with both educational and training skills, included:

  • Nancy Moureau (chairperson)
  • Massimo Lamperti
  • Robert Dawson
  • Linda Kelly
  • Mauro Pittiruti
  • Ton van Boxtel