Early training in intraosseous access recommended

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Training in the insertion of the IO access is not a mandatory part of the Danish medical school curriculum or early residency training in Denmark…” Afzali et al (2016).

Extract:

“A recent Danish study shows that the IO device is available in 74% of the Danish Emergency Departments (EDs). However, only 11% consistently established IO access on relevant indication and prior training in the establishment of IO access had not been provided in 47% of the EDs [3]. A lack of introduction and training to the IO device is a possible reason for the limited use as procedural confidence increases after training with hands-on experience [4].

Training in the insertion of the IO access is not a mandatory part of the Danish medical school curriculum or early residency training in Denmark, but assumed learned during participation in established resuscitation courses attended at various stages of residency and specialist training. For residents, the skill is necessary to comply with resuscitation guidelines and can prove to be lifesaving to master in emergency situations. Nevertheless medical graduates feel unprepared for the job as junior doctors [5].”

Reference:

Afzali, M., Kvisselgaard, A.D. and Viggers, S. (2016) Early introduction of intraosseous access ought to be emphasized. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. November 2nd. [epub ahead of print].

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2016.10.062

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