CVC Credentialing Program
The health care environment is becoming increasingly complex.
This is particularly evident in the expanding range of procedures and treatments available in our hospitals and the staffing and workforce arrangements required to provide this type of health care. There is also increasing pressure for hospitals and individual clinicians to be more accountable about decisions affecting their patients.
As a teaching hospital it is important that Melbourne health employs and trains appropriately skilled and qualified medical practitioners, and that these practitioners
undertake procedures in line with their skills, qualifications and the needs of the local community.
The insertion and maintenance of central venous catheters is a core skill required in the practice of critical care medicine. ANZIC guidelines emphasise the importance of an educated and trained workforce. Credentialing is an essential part of building and maintaining this workforce and of ensuring patient safety and quality of care. It involves a bundle of on line and practical activities along with supervised central line insertions. It is believed that this process best fits the demands placed on our health care service by both our workforce and our patients.
Registrars who have not undergone credentialing before need to complete all steps of the process. This includes reading the recommended texts, watching the recommended videos and answering the quiz. This is a one off requirement.
Once they have completed these steps they then need to book in for a practical session by adding their names to the list on the education notice board.
Time slots this term are Thursday 17 and 24 November.
Registrars who have previously been credentialed need to forward evidence of this to me.
Consultants who have not undergone credentialing before need to complete the reading, videos and quiz. This is a one off requirement.
Practical sessions are optional.
Credentialing lasts for one year.
An annual quiz of 5-10 questions will be set each year. Practical sessions will be optional and will be offered twice per year.