Because perspective changes everything

PODCAST
August 3, 2020

Medication complications: Unseen, but not unfelt

Proper device selection and infusates have been heavily discussed the past couple of years. This episode is a discussion between Dr. Judi Jacobi, a clinical pharmacist, and Dr. Marcia Ryder about a recent publication that studied the evaluation of infusate properties in midline catheters.
Featuring: Cheryl Gordon, Judi Jacobi, Marcia Ryder 

 

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Voices of Vascular™

  • ABOUT

    We started Voices of Vascular™ to bring people together and join a conversation about vascular access and patient advocacy. We wanted to answer important questions, gain new perspectives and share our knowledge and experience. So we’re building a team of collaborators, including doctors, nurses and patients to help us do exactly that. Each webinar in the series brings in a new voice to share their story and offer their take on what patient advocacy means to them. Because perspective changes everything.

  • mission

    Advance patient lives through broadcasting multiple perspectives and inspiring cross-discipline collaborators to think differently about vascular access.

  • vision

    For every patient, a compassionate approach to vascular access; for every clinician, a devotion to change.

Webinar

Webinar

Gregory Schears, MD

February 16, 2020 MT
WEBINAR

Physicians and pharmacists discuss vascular access in the era of central line avoidance

Imagine you were in the hospital for 10 days and received multiple IVs; the clinician chose which devices you got based on hospital mandates and didn’t consult you regarding her choices. Then one week later, you are in a car accident. Will you still have an accessible peripheral vein? This is a dilemma patients might find themselves in when their vascular access decisions are based primarily on hospital directives, rather than patient needs and prospective thinking. Learn how Voices of Vascular collaborators, Greg and Judi, along with pharmacist Marc Stranz and infectious disease physician Mark Rupp, think situations like this can be mitigated in an era of central line avoidance. This discussion took place at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 2020 conference in Orlando, Florida, February 16, 2020.

Our team of collaborators

  • Beth Gore

    Her personal mission statement is, "Speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves." As the mother of six children with special needs, one of which has a central line, Beth understands the role patient advocates and families play in healthcare.

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    Beth Gore

    Caregiver

    Beth Gore is a national patient advocate whose personal and professional life collide at the intersection of vascular access. She’s a keynote speaker, author and trainer. Her advocacy work currently includes The Joint Commission, FDA, NIH, National Health Council, VANGUARD and numerous others. Beth serves on healthcare and non-profit boards. She is the current president of The Oley Foundation, a 20,000 member patient support group for those on home parenteral and enteral nutrition. Her personal mission statement is, "Speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves." She, her husband, Dan, and six children (all adopted with special needs) live in Tampa, Florida.

  • Gregory Schears, MD

    His enthusiasm for the Harry Potter series comes as no surprise for this seasoned pediatric intensivist and anesthesiologist. Situated among the ten thousand lakes of Minnesota, Dr. Schears is indispensable at the Mayo Clinic.

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    Gregory Schears, MD

    Patient Advocates: Fight for what's best for the patient using hospital data

    His enthusiasm for the Harry Potter series comes as no surprise for this seasoned pediatric intensivist and anesthesiologist. Situated among the ten thousand lakes of Minnesota, Dr. Schears is indispensable at the Mayo Clinic. He is the physician liaison to the nurse-led PICC team, medical director of the ECMO service, and co-director of the congenital heart unit. His long-standing interest in reducing patient complications and improving approaches to vascular access is evident in his compassionate thought-leadership in vascular access.

  • Emily Levy

    Her story all started with a cut off sock, a cute hockey player, and an 8 am finance class. Oh, and a PICC line. That moment inspired her and her team to launch their first product, the PICCPerfect PICC Line Cover.

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    Emily Levy

    A patient’s perspective on long-term vascular access and the journey to healing

    Her story all started with a cut off sock, a cute hockey player, and an 8 am finance class. Oh, and a PICC line. That moment inspired her and her team to launch their first product, the PICCPerfect PICC Line Cover. Now an award-winning social impact entrepreneur and CEO of Mighty Well, Emily harnesses the knowledge and experience she’s gained through chronic illness and years of regular infusions to spread hope and encouragement, helping others turn sickness into strength.

  • Lori Kaczmarek, MSN, RN, VA-BC

    In past roles, Lori recognized a need for quality management. This led her to recently completing a master’s program in healthcare informatics and developing several data collection tools to monitor patient outcomes and effectiveness.

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    Lori Kaczmarek, MSN, RN, VA-BC

    Patient Advocates: Fight for what's best for the patient using hospital data

    Her love for the Packers and Aaron Rodgers is rivaled only by her passion for improving patient outcomes through science and data. In past roles, including as the director of nursing for Wisconsin Vascular Access Service, Lori recognized a need for quality management. This led her to recently completing a master’s program in healthcare informatics and developing several data collection tools to monitor patient outcomes and effectiveness.

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