Ultrasound Guided Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Access: Perils and Pitfalls
Nursing Research on the Green
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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