AIUM practice parameter for the use of ultrasound to guide vascular access procedures

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Ultrasound should be used to aid in central venous, peripheral venous, and arterial access procedures. When used appropriately by qualified personnel, there are no absolute contraindications to using ultrasound as a procedural adjunct for vascular guidance” No authors listed (2019).

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Ultrasound should be used to aid in central venous, peripheral venous, and arterial access procedures. When used appropriately by qualified personnel, there are no absolute contraindications to using ultrasound as a procedural adjunct for vascular guidance. Based on evidence and the consensus opinion of the collaborating organizations, ultrasound should be used whenever feasible in all central vascular access procedures. While ultrasound guidance may not be required for peripheral venous or arterial access, it can aid in the safety and success of these procedures, particularly if they are not successful on a first pass. Clinicians routinely performing vascular access procedures should have access to appropriate ultrasound equipment, should be adequately trained in the use of ultrasound for procedural guidance, and should understand the benefits and limitations of using ultrasound to guide vascular access procedures.

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No authors listed (2019) AIUM Practice Parameter for the Use of Ultrasound to Guide Vascular Access Procedures. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. 38(3), p.E4-E18.

DOI: 10.1002/jum.14954

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