Ultrasound guided peripheral intravenous access reviewed

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The success of ultrasound-guided peripheral intravenous catheters (USGIVs) has been associated with significant reductions in central venous catheter placement in the emergency department[3] as well as enhanced patient satisfaction” Presley and Isenberg (2018).

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At least 150 to 200 million peripheral intravenous (PIV) catheters are placed each year in the United States, while up to 80% of patients receive a PIV during their hospital stay.[1][2] Unfortunately, many factors may complicate the process of obtaining PIV access, including obesity, IV drug abuse, hypovolemia, and a variety of chronic medical problems. Staff is becoming trained in ultrasound to help facilitate a PIV in patients with difficult or failed PIV access. The success of ultrasound-guided peripheral intravenous catheters (USGIVs) has been associated with significant reductions in central venous catheter placement in the emergency department[3] as well as enhanced patient satisfaction.[4]

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Presley, B. and Isenberg, J.D. (2018) Ultrasound Guided Intravenous Access. SourceStatPearls . Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing.

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