Nicola Disma and Mauro Pittiruti | Members Paediatric Scientific Subcommittee
The Pre-Congress Course on Paediatric Vascular Access is specifically designed to provide a literature update and practical information on vascular access in children. Physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals will learn how to use ultrasound to improve success rates and patient care, minimizing short- and long-term complications when central, peripheral, and peripheral-central line catheters are inserted. Tutors will cover the basics of ultrasound and line placement with ultrasound, with specific focus on paediatric anatomy, dedicated devices, and procedures for children. Areas covered will include jugular, femoral, subclavian venous, and arm vein access. The afternoon session will be dedicated to hands-on practice on how to place lines in multiple different types of phantoms. Human models will also be used to practice identifying the anatomy and landmarks.
The faculty has a long track record of expertise on vascular access in children. In particular, Nicola Disma and Mauro Pittiruti are the two co-directors of the course, with Mauro responsible for the GAVeCeLT initiative. Massimo Lamperti has recently reviewed the current literature on paediatric vascular access, providing recommendations and guidelines. James Bennet and Daniele Biasucci are also involved in various activities in the field of paediatric vascular access.
By the end of this course attendees will have to be able to properly operate an ultrasound machine and make adjustments to obtain adequate image quality, acquire ultrasound images for examination of the vascular structures, and adequately apply the use of ultrasound to facilitate the intravascular placement of catheters. Finally, delegates will have to show they have acquired the decision-making process for the correct choice of device and procedure for neonates and children. This is the first ESA pre-congress course specifically designed on ultrasound vascular access in children.