Central Venous Access Devices such as Port-A-Caths and PICC lines are commonly inserted into patients receiving chemotherapy for ease of delivery of therapeutics. These devices are also useful to the naturopathic doctor with a special interest in oncology. This course will train the naturopathic doctor how to identify, access, and maintain these devices as well as to troubleshoot and respond to any complications that may arise with their use. Anatomy of the great vessels, insertion and exit points will be discussed. Detailed overview and demonstrations of accessing PICC lines, Hickman catheters and Port-A-Caths, using sterile technique, will be discussed and performed and students will be evaluated on these techniques. Students will have the opportunity to set up and access central venous access devices a minimum of ten times in-course. Pre-requisites: Participants must be certified in parenteral therapy and have IV licenses in good standing.
Kelly Sabara RN, BScN, CVAA(c) & Meighan Valero, ND
Kelly Sabara RN, BScN, CVAA(c), grew up in the southern-most town in Canada, Kingsville, Ontario. In 2009, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the nearby University of Windsor in the collaborative program with St. Clair College. Currently, Kelly works as a Registered Nurse on the radiation oncology / hematology unit at The Ottawa Hospital General Campus. Kelly is a certified member, in good standing, of the Canadian Vascular Access Association and a member of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. Meighan Valero, ND is a naturopathic doctor with a special interest in naturopathic oncology. Born and raised in Windsor, ON, she completed a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree with a major in Biochemistry and minor in Psychology. She worked in cancer research at the University of Windsor for five years before graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received special training in naturopathic oncology as an intern in Toronto and became the first oncology research resident in Ottawa. Her passion lies in developing individualized treatment protocols for those who wish to prevent cancer, those living with cancer, and those with a desire to learn the tools and necessary lifestyle changes to prevent a recurrence of a previously treated cancer. She is certified in intravenous therapy and has completed advanced training in central vascular access. She is a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and is co-author of Complementary Strategies for the Management of Radiation Therapy Side Effects published in the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology.
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Sat 9-5pm