The Metro-Island Chapter of the Intravenous Nurses Society held its 20th annual seminar and trade show in April at the North Shore University Hospital Rust Auditorium in Manhasset, N.Y. The event featured vendors offering IV therapy products and presentations from speakers Charles Margarites, RN, CCRN, CCEMT-P, and Lynn Hadaway, RN, MEd, CRNI, BC.
Margarites, a certified emergency and flight nurse, addressed the crucial time frames emergency workers work within to gain vascular access during emergencies and included an overview of intraosseous access, a fast and reliable process that can be initiated in 1 to 2 minutes. Margarites stressed to the audience that its the nurses role to determine the need for VA, manage VA needs and be a resource for those needs. An air embolism is everyones problem, he said, but its nursings responsibility.Lynn Hadaway, RN, was a guest speaker at the event.
Hadaways presentation, PIV and PICC Limitations and Alternatives, discussed the assets and limitations of both PIV and PICCs and how nurses should decide which process to use based on risk, benefits and assessment.
Proceeds from the event helped fund the Gaylene Puglisi Student Nurse Scholarship that the chapter awards to a student each year, said Carolann Liebold, RN, BSN, CRNI, chapter president. Our goal is to benefit the education of nurses and to increase awareness of infusion therapy, she said. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to one student each June based on their essay on a topic that is chosen by our scholarship committee.
To find a local INS chapter, visit www.INS1.org.