3 Questions With… features some of the finest thought leaders in healthcare specialties such as Infection Prevention, Vascular Access, Surgical Care and more. These experts answer questions on the latest insights, evidence and current practices.
For our premier 3 Questions With… Eloquest is proud to feature Chellie DeVries, MPH, CIC, VA-BC. Chellie discusses what inspires her most in her role as Senior Infection Control Officer, as well as important issues that are currently underappreciated. Chellie also discusses in the work being done in her facility to ensure all vascular access devices get the attention they deserve.
Chellie DeVries has been involved in infection prevention and hospital epidemiology for more than 20 years spanning community, university and federal healthcare facilities. She is passionate about raising awareness around peripheral vascular access devices and devotes her time to education on this topic throughout the United States but has also lectured through Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. She is a member of Project Infuse, AVA’s PIV task force and an advisor to AVA’s patient advocacy group.
She was a reviewer for the 2016 INS Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, and authored the Infection Prevention chapter for the next edition of their Infusion Nursing: an Evidence Based Approach text book and has also authored the Vascular Access associated Infections Chapter for the International Federation of Infection Control text book. She is an Adjunct Research Fellow with AVATAR — the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research. Her team’s work on improving care and outcomes around peripheral IVs has won the first place oral abstract award for the two consecutive years at the national AVA conference and her midline work won first place at CVAA last year.
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