Stone’s Side 4 – New FAQ post on ultrasound-guided IV placement by nurses

Check it out…

Can ER nurses place ultrasound-guided peripheral IV’s?

…this question has come up quite a few times. The answer is YES.

check out the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Resolution on Ultrasound Guided Peripheral IV Placement by ED Nurses

but what about credentialing, dealing with medical staff, departmental administration, etc? don’t worry, Fernando Lopez at Duke has done all of the leg work for you if you’re interested in getting this started at your institution:

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  • Shaun

    January 2, 2013, 11:48 pm

    Sure, they can but another issue lies in ultrasound machine care. One issue at my institution when there was a trial of allowing nursing staff to use the ultrasound was 2 mysteriously dropped and ruined probes and constantly finding probes with dried blood on them. They are expensive machines and when more and more people use a machine, accountability becomes a huge issue.

    • Bret

      January 28, 2013, 12:47 pm

      Definitely a concern, though everywhere I’ve worked the doctors were by far the worst offenders regarding keeping the machines clean. I think nurses take a course on cleaning up after yourself at some point in their training, unlike us.

  • Brent

    September 22, 2013, 9:41 pm

    I was directed here by the Avery story on resus.me. I place U/S-guided PIVs on a near-daily basis. I am encouraging other RN’s to invest the time and effort needed. As a selling point I tell others how brutal an IV placement is when viewed under U/S.