Curriculum for ultrasound-guided intravenous access education

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Education and training of emergency department nurses in ultrasound-guided peripheral intravenous (USGIV) access is becoming increasingly common and key in management of the difficult-access patient [1-4]” Owens et al (2016).

Abstract:

Education and training of emergency department nurses in ultrasound-guided peripheral intravenous (USGIV) access is becoming increasingly common and key in management of the difficult-access patient [1-4]. However, it is unclear if training sessions will lead to widespread and continuing clinical utilization in routine practice. Differences in curriculums could impact adoption and utilization of this skill set. It was discovered through course evaluation feedback that the initial clinical experience of placing USGIVs was the largest hurdle to new users for comfort with and successful adoption of ultrasound guidance and ongoing utilization.

Reference:

Owens, T.S., Nomura, J.T., Papas, M.A., Poole, M.A. and Marco, D. (2016) Alteration of timing of nursing continuing education units for ultrasound-guided intravenous education does not increase utilization. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 8th September. [epub ahead of print].

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2016.09.013

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