October 6, 2020 – B. Braun Medical Inc. (Bethlehem, PA) and the Association for Vascular Access (AVA) announced a long-term collaboration to improve training on the placement of peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs). Together the organizations will develop and provide a new series of online courses free of charge to medical, nursing, respiratory therapist, and other allied healthcare schools.
The first course is being piloted at several leading nursing schools.
In addition to jointly developing the “Fundamentals of Peripheral IV Access” eLearning module series to increase the vascular access skills of healthcare professionals, AVA and B. Braun will create a certificate program for students who complete the courses that will attest to their foundational knowledge in PIVC placements with future employers.
The eLearning module will feature interactive graphics and videos in addition to the necessary text critical to enhancing the PIVC education in healthcare, the companies said. It will focus on key aspects like proper device placement, assessment, and insertion to instill confidence in students of all skill levels.
Several pilot studies of the curriculum will be conducted through the rest of the year, and the program is expected to be broadly released during the 2021 academic year.