Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Purpose & Scope

  • The purpose of this BPG is to provide nurses (nurse practitioners, registered nurses, registered practical nurses and nursing students) and other members of the interprofessional team with evidence-based recommendations and resources related to the insertion, assessment and maintenance of vascular access devices (VADs) in the infant (0–1 year), pediatric (1–18 years) and adult populations (18 years and older).
  • This BPG is applicable to all practice settings where care is provided for persons with VADs, and it is to be used for all health providers who insert, assess and/or maintain VADs.
  • This BPG replaces two of RNAO’s BPGs Care and Maintenance to Reduce Vascular Access Complications and Assessment and Device Selection for Vascular Access.
Clinical Management
Assessment and Device Selection for Vascular Access
Background Information