The 'Paediatric & Neonatal Vascular Access' Special Interest Group

Welcome to the 'Paediatric & Neonatal Vascular Access' Special Interest Group of the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR)

In 2021, the Neonatal European Vascular Access Team was created. This is a group of neonatologists, pediatricians, anesthesiologists, NICU and PICU nurses, aiming at research, care quality improvement and education in the field of vascular access primarily in the neonatal population. We believe that improved knowledge about vascular access will enhance neonatal patient care and outcome. As a first achievement we created a website / blog ( and meeting platform in order to create a global network of peers and experts in the field of neonatology in every country and all specialties. There is much overlap in skill, materials and challenges with the pediatric population, which motivated this group to broaden the scope to include both neonatal and pediatric populations.

  • Our objectives

    The objective of the vascular access SIG will be to develop international guidelines on several aspects of vascular access. Through the platform provided by the ESPR we plan to develop courses on both peripheral and ultrasound guided central venous access in neonates and children, in order to catalyze the interest of members and reach out to young clinicians and scientists. Last but not least, we plan to generate and foster international research projects.

  • Meet the SIG Chair

    Fiammetta Piersigilli
    MD PhD, Pediatric Vascular Access SIG Chair
    Cliniques Universitaires Saint Luc, Université Catholique de Louvain, Bruxelles
  • Upcoming projects & meetings of the SIG
    • Pre-Congress Course on 'neonatal vascular access' at the jENS 2023 (5th Congress of joint European Neonatal Societies), 19-23 September 2023, Rome, Italy [Coordinators: Fiammetta Piersigilli, Belgium]
  • How to engage with us

    Please contact the ESPR Secretariat via We will be more than happy to forward your request to the members of the Vascular Access SIG.

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