MEMC VI Abstracts| Volume 41, ISSUE 2, P211-212, August 2011

Single-Operator Ultrasound-Guided IV Placement by Emergency Nurses

      Emergency physicians (EPs) have become facile with ultrasound-guided intravenous line (USIV) placement in patients with difficult access, though the procedure can be time-consuming and distract the EP from other cognitive activities. We hypothesize that, with adequate training, emergency nurses (RNs) can effectively perform single-operator USIV placement with less physician intervention.
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