Vascular Access Team

If your child needs frequent needle sticks or is afraid of needles, the vascular access team (VAT) at Arkansas Children’s can ease your child’s pain and anxiety during required medical procedures.

In fact, 98 percent of patients at Arkansas Children’s need some sort of intravenous device. The vascular access team is dedicated to ensuring your child’s experience with needles is as painless and comfortable as possible. We care for children with all types of illness, from common cases of dehydration to chronic disorders like cystic fibrosis to complex conditions such as blood diseases and cancer.

Our team provides personalized service for your child. We work together with your child’s doctors and nurses to choose the most appropriate vascular device for your child’s specific condition.

Learn how the vascular access team helps alleviate and manage pain.

The services we provide include:

  • Blood draws
  • Central venous catheter dressing changes
  • Peripheral intravenous (IV) insertions
  • Infiltration assessment (checking for accidental puncture of the venous wall)
  • Extended dwell catheters

The vascular access team works with all departments and specialties, including:

  • Inpatient units
  • Outpatient units
  • Emergency room
  • Intensive care unit
  • Pediatric clinical research unit
  • Specialty clinics

Our vascular access team uses the most technologically advanced procedures to care for your child’s specific condition. These cutting edge technologies include:

  • Ultrasound-guided needle insertion
  • Transilluminator (vein lights) to locate veins
  • Buzzy Bee (a vibrating palm-sized device) to reduce pain
  • Painese spray to numb the needle insertion site
  • EMLA, LMX, and Synera patch for numbing
  • Nitrous Oxide administration

At Arkansas Childrens we put your child first. This allows our vascular access team to deliver a positive experience for your child that avoids fear and anxiety related to needles.

Experienced Experts

The registered nurses that make up the vascular access team are highly trained and continue to research new ways to provide pain-free care for children. Current research includes the study of infusion of fluids using access under the skin to hydrate dehydrated patients. The vascular access team holds many certifications and memberships, such as:

  • Association for Vascular Access (AVA)
  • Arkansas Vascular Access Network (ARVAN)
  • Infusion Nurses Society (INS)
  • Association for Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses (APHON)
  • Vascular Access Certification Corp. (VA-BC™)
  • Certified Registered Nurse in Infusion (CRNI®)
  • Certified Pediatric Nurses (CPN)

The vascular access team encourages parents to advocate for their child and to ask about pain management options during vascular access procedures. Parents can also ask for the hospital’s policy on needle sticks.

Contact Us

To make an appointment, or for information, please call 501-364-4760. Referring doctors or healthcare staff can page the vascular access team via ACH pager at 0985.

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