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Tuesday 4 March 2025


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 45 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 anaesthetists. 

Learning objectives

  • Learn best practice for central venous access insertion and maintenance

  • Become familiar with the range of available devices and to make the appropriate choice of central venous catheter

  • Learn how to optimise ultrasound imaging

  • Discuss the prevention, identification and management of the complications of central venous access

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