Context is everything when it comes to scientific enquiry. The right questions, the right approach and an answer that appears balanced, logical and reasonable are keys to credibility.
Despite this truism,we know well that context is a moving target. And in order to be right on topic - we believe it's important to listen to the voices of many in the Vascular Access Community.
So, new to the website this year - we are adding "Guest Blogs" from invited hosts. These blogs will be authored by pioneers whose voices, work, achievements and opinions matter to all of us in the field. But no free passes here - we will ask them tough questions about context, relevance and the challenges ahead for the field, perhaps some that are uncomfortable or controversial as well.
We've got a star studded cast lined up for the first few posts and plan to bring you these refreshing perspectives every so often in 2016. In keeping with ImprovePICCs goal to remain bias-free, please note that this isn't a megaphone for industry or those with substantial conflicts of interest. All bloggers are required to submit the ICMJE conflict of interest form and these will be reported with their post. The decision to post something is reserved by us and will be based on myriad factors, including suitability and perceived conflict of interest.
This isn't just a club for the elite, though. We do want to hear from those of you in the front lines who have something important and relevant to tell the vascular access community. If you're up to it - draft us a brief outline of a blog you want to write and send us a note using the Contact Us page. We would love to hear from you! Remember the rules regarding Conflicts of Interest and the fact that the decision to post is reserved by us based on content, scope, interest, etc.
And even if you're not interested in writing a blog, tell us what you think by commenting on this or the other guest blog posts. We will be watching these with interest!