Peripheral intravenous catheter placement is a skill that is used daily in the hospital. However, many nurses face the challenge of cannulating increasingly complex and difficult-to-access vasculature. Although emergency department clinicians have been using ultrasound to facilitate this procedure for the last 18 years, ultrasound-guided peripheral intravenous catheter placement has not been as rapidly adopted in the critical and acute care nursing realms. Given the benefits of this procedure, including increased patient satisfaction and reduced use of central catheters, its use should be encouraged among all acute care clinicians. The aim of this article is to provide the bedside nurse with a basic understanding of the techniques involved in placing ultrasound-guided peripheral intravenous catheters in patients with difficult venous access.
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Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Insertion: The Nurse’s Manual
Lauren Morata, DNP, APRN, CCRN, CCNS ;
Lauren Morata is a clinical nurse specialist and research coordinator, Trauma Support Services, Lakeland Regional Health, Lakeland, Florida.
Corresponding author: Lauren Morata, DNP, APRN, CCRN, CCNS, Trauma Support Services, Lakeland Regional Health, 1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33805 (email: email@example.com).
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Crit Care Nurse (2020) 40 (5): 38–46.
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Lauren Morata, Mark Bowers; Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Insertion: The Nurse’s Manual. Crit Care Nurse 1 October 2020; 40 (5): 38–46. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2020240
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