Current practice, education and recommendations for training of central line insertion for trainees and fellows in adult intensive care units across Australia and New Zealand

Tapan Parikh, Wisam Al-Bassam, Yahya Shehabi, Adrian Pakavakis, Ashwin Subramaniam

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Background: Central venous access device (CVAD) is a common procedure in ICU which although, is generally safe, can lead to acute and delayed complications. Training and accreditation process for its insertion very worldwide. Aims: The objective of this study was to explore variability in existing training and accreditation processes for central venous access device (CVAD) insertion among different intensive care units (ICU), current practices of CVAD insertion among fellows of the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) working in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) and their recommendations for improvement. Methods: A prospective cross-sectional web-based survey was sent through email and CICM e-newsletter to intensivists and directors of ICU across ANZ. All responses were tabulated, post-hoc exploratory analysis using multivariable ordinal logistic regression was used and free texts were analysed thematically and summarised. Results: A total of 115 responses was received from various public and private ICU from all states of ANZ; 32% of the participants did not have any accreditation process for CVAD insertion skill in their ICU, whereas 91% of respondents revealed there were no processes to assess deskilling. Most intensivists recommended supervision, simulation, various education tools and ultrasound training to improve training and assessment. Thirty-five percent of the participants inserted 0–5 CVAD and more than half of the intensivists had inserted <10 CVAD in a 1-year period. Two-thirds of the respondents recommended inserting between 6 and 20 CVAD each year to maintain competence. Conclusion: The study identified wide variability in current practice, training methods and accreditation process for CVAD insertion among intensivists and ICU trainees in ANZ. Policy makers should consider revising the current clinical practice and training policies to new policies for accreditation and ongoing assessment for CVAD insertions across ANZ ICU.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-730
Number of pages8
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2023


  • accreditation
  • central venous access device
  • central venous catheter
  • intensive care
  • maintenance of competency
  • training

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