Tricia Kleidon is a nurse practitioner (NP) in paediatric vascular access at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. Tricia also works as a research fellow with Griffith University and is the paediatric chapter lead for Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR) and the joint paediatric chapter lead for Australian Vascular Access Society (AVAS).
Tricia began her vascular access career in Interventional Radiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London, United Kingdom where she became proficient in insertion of vascular access devices in paediatrics and neonates including; PICC, tunnelled cuffed CVC, totally implanted venous port device and haemodialysis catheters. Since returning to Australia, Tricia undertook her masters in nursing science, Nurse Practitioner to become the first nurse practitioner in vascular access in Australia.
Tricia has experience in both insertion and maintenance of vascular access devices and has a passion for vessel preservation. Tricia's main clinical goal is to ensure the right device is inserted the first time, by the right practitioner, using the right technology and is sufficient to complete treatment. Her research interests include maintaining vessel patency, ensuring evidenced based practice through insertion and maintenance bundles and reducing device failure through minimising complications relating to accidental dislodgement, fracture, occlusion, thrombosis and infection. These complications often necessitate device removal and subsequent replacement.