Fast Access and Advice for Intravenous Routes with Imaging (FAAIRI)
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What is the FAAIRI Service?
The FAAIRI service is a vascular access service for WCH patients who have difficult intravenous access (DIVA) or require central venous access.
The FAAIRI service combines the resources of WCHN and SAMI and has the goal of providing optimal, evidence based vascular access care, built on the principles of vessel health preservation, right line first time and comfort for insertion for all patients of the WCH who require vascular access.
There will be a phased rollout of the FAAIRI over 2021-22, which will provide a 24/7 service for patients with DIVA or who require central venous access, ensuring the patient will be comfortable, when on the first attempt the correct venous access device (VAD) is inserted which will last the duration of their intravenous (IV) therapy with no complications.
Who are the FAAIRIs?
FAAIRI’s are nurses who have completed the FAAIRI education packages and undertaken supervised training in ultrasound guided peripheral IV access.
The FAAIRI education packages are:
- Peripheral intravenous cannula insertion
- Ultrasound guided intravenous cannula insertion
- Paediatric Vascular Access, which line and why?
- Comfort for insertion of venous access devices
During the phased rollout of the service, FAAIRIs will be trained in high volume PIVC insertion areas such as:
- Radiology Department
- PICU Liaison Nurses
- Paediatric Emergency Department
- Medical Day Unit
- Women’s and Babies Division
Vascular Access Devices – Consumer Information
The following fact sheets are designed to provide patients and families assistance with caring for their device, including troubleshooting, who to call or where to go for advice and assistance.