Ebola and the Best Practices in Treatment

The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) Announces Its AVA TV Web Video Series and Task Force to Address Ebola Treatment Best Practices.

Chantilly, Virginia, UNITED STATES

Washington, D.C., Nov. 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In response to the recent Ebola outbreak and the importance that Vascular Access devices and procedures play in clinician treatment of patients with this disease, the Association for Vascular Access (AVA) , through AVA TV, its Internet TV channel produced in partnership with TV Worldwide, is introducing a series of video programs on best practices and updates to safety procedures. The purpose of this 'Ebola Update' Series is to provide the latest information needed to keep AVA clinicians safe, provide the best care and to improve the outcomes for patients.

The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) is working closely with federal public health officials to monitor the current Ebola situation both in the United States as well as globally. As the leaders in Vascular Access, AVA continues to provide updated resources as well as tools to protect health care providers from Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

AVA's membership consists of recognized experts in Vascular Access and Patient Safety, who will be called upon to provide Vascular Access services for patients with suspected and/or confirmed EVD. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidance on the appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare professionals. This and other new information has been posted to the AVA website as a resource for Vascular Access clinicians worldwide. Because all Ebola patients will require Vascular Access therapy, it is critical that Vascular Access professionals receive the necessary training, education, and ongoing administrative support to properly protect clinicians from potential exposure.

"We're committed to providing up-to-the-minute information on best practices during this outbreak and producing the Ebola Update Internet TV Series with TV Worldwide on our AVA TV channel is one effective way to deliver this important subject matter to our clinicians," stated Lee Grossman, AVA CEO. 

Mark Rowe, AVA President and Task Force member, added, "Since vascular access is one of the primary methods to treat Ebola it is critical that we provide the best information to keep our clinicians safe and improve the outcomes for the patients with EVD."

To respond to critical needs in the United States, AVA has also:

·         Partnered with CDC to provide input into the appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as it relates to application to Vascular Access procedures.

·         Formed a task force of experts to quickly respond to the ongoing outbreak

·         Initiated the process of creating a clinical whitepaper summarizing current CDC guidance for healthcare providers and healthcare facility preparedness for EVD.

·         Started developing a repository for Ebola resources for Vascular Access clinicians on the AVA Website

·         Established the organization as a resource for media reporting on Ebola.

·         Scheduled continuing education webinars on the subject with next one to be held, Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 PM EDT.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to support AVA in this important pro-active outreach effort to communicate with AVA membership and mainstream audiences through the Ebola Update Series on the AVA TV Internet TV channel," said Dave Gardy, Chairman and CEO of TV Worldwide.  

AVA continues to serve as a subject matter expert on Vascular Access to public health authorities on this current situation. As new information emerges from the CDC, it will be immediately posted on the AVA website as well AVA TV.

About the Association for Vascular Access

The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) is an association of healthcare professionals founded in 1985 to promote the emerging vascular access specialty.  Today, it's multidisciplinary membership advances research, professional and public education to shape practice and enhance patient outcomes, and partners with the device manufacturing community to bring about evidence-based innovation in vascular access.  Learn more at (www.AVAInfo.org)

About TV Worldwide

Founded in 1999, TV Worldwide.com, Inc. (t/a TV Worldwide, Inc., www.TVWorldwide.com) is a veteran-owned Internet TV solutions company that developed the first network of community-based Internet TV channels, primarily targeting niche enterprise/professional audiences ranging from the maritime industry to the telecom and federal/public sectors. Known by many in the industry as "Intelligent Internet TV," Fortune 500 companies, 35 federal government agencies, and numerous associations including the National Association of Broadcasters have partnered with TV Worldwide to utilize TV Worldwide's live and on-demand state-of-the art video streaming content applications and Internet TV channels. In recognition of the company's pioneering unique achievements in new media solutions and content development, TV Worldwide has been selected by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) to webcast past Daytime Emmy Awards and the Emmy awards for Technology and Engineering. TV Worldwide Chairman and CEO Dave Gardy, has been honored by Streaming Media Magazine as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Streaming Media. Mr. Gardy also has served as the President of the International Webcasting Association (IWA) and as a member of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Corporate Council.



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