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Ultrasound Guided Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Access: Perils and Pitfalls

Nursing Research on the Green

2017 Abstract

J. Holger, RN, BSN & A. Tevis, RN, BSN  – Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia

  • Background:  To quantify the frequency of department requests for ultrasound use for IV starts.
  • Significance:  Assess rate of difficult IV starts that would delay care, number of attempts as an indirect measure of patient satisfaction, determine the success rate of establishing IV access with ultrasound.
  • Purpose/objective:  Develop and propose strategies to train clinicians in the use of ultrasound for establishing IV access.
  • Methods/project:  Clinical trial  Measuring success of ultrasound use for IV starts.
  • Results:  Ultrasound usage increased the success rate of IV starts, with fewer attempts.  Availability of ultrasound is an important tool for RNs.
  • Clinical implications:  Patient satisfaction, ability to administer ordered medications.

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