Dr Claire Rickard is a former ICU nurse and research coordinator who is now Conjoint Professor of Infection Prevention and Vascular Access Nursing at University of Queensland and Metro North Hospitals and Health service, and Honorary Research Fellow at Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Her vision is for complication-free vascular access devices and infusion therapy, across healthcare settings. She founded the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR) a clinician-academic network with >$14 million research funding, >250 publications and mentoring of the next generation of clinical research leaders.
Claire’s first-authored publications in The Lancet have seen global change from time-based, to assessment-based removal, of peripheral intravenous catheters, provided evidence for better dressings and securements, and extended the safe usage of infusion sets for central venous and arterial catheters.
She is an inductee of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame and an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and the Australian College of Nursing.