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Tuesday 12 March 2024


The Association Of Anaesthetists
21 Portland Place London


£215 - Members
£170 - Trainee Members
£440 - Non-members
£107.50 - Retired Members


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What is a seminar

The Association is the UK’s leading provider of postgraduate education for all pathways into Anaesthesia. The Association’s seminar programme features leading experts in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine presenting the latest information and thinking on a variety of key anaesthesia topics. Our seminars are designed to focus on a specific field of interest within anaesthesia and help to build on specialist interests. They offer an intimate learning environment, with a maximum of 50 delegates attending each. Keeping the numbers low encourages delegate and faculty interaction.

About this seminar

Central venous access is a vitally important aspect of modern medicine supporting the administration of chemotherapy, renal dialysis, parenteral nutrition, critical care as well as a variety of other treatments. Central venous access requires meticulous attention to detail to ensure patient safety.

The placement of central venous access devices is something of a “Cinderella” specialty involving practitioners from a range of backgrounds including anaesthetists, radiologists, surgeons and nurses. Consistent training is thus very important. 

Improvements in supporting technology, including ultrasound imaging, have greatly improved the safety of central venous catheter placement; however the operator must be aware of some of the pitfalls. Similarly, a thorough understanding of the available access needles, Seldinger guidewires and catheters is important.

Anaesthetists play an increasing role in the provision of long term access; we will provide video demonstrations of the placement of Hickman catheters and other long term devices, as well as best practice for fixation.

Central venous access is associated with a persistent and significant incidence of serious morbidity and occasional mortality. We will highlight some of the common short and long term complications and methods of prevention and treatment.

The provision of safe central venous access is important to patients. Anaesthetists are well placed to provide and lead central venous access services. 

Intended audience

Aimed at anaesthetists with an interest in best practice in central venous access. Consultant anaesthetists, trainee anaesthetists, SAS anaeathetists. 

Learning objectives

The faculty aim to discuss the current best practice for central venous cannulation and post-insertion catheter care, as well as review the selection of appropriate catheters for the individual patient. We will also discuss optimisation of ultrasound imaging and guidance, to improve the safety of central venous cannulation.

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Programme topics and speakers

Organiser: Dr James Bennett, Birmingham

Programme will be included in the 'key details' section shortly. Highlights of the programme are as follows:

Current best practice and guidance

The anatomy of central veins

The physics of ultrasound/getting the best from your ultrasound machine

How to place a central line: video demonstration

The complications of central venous access

Catheter selection

Rotating workshops in small groups:
a) Catheters, wires and suturing
b) Hands on ultrasound scanning
c) Radiology