Guidelines Blog

Top Tips for Making Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access Procedures More Efficient

Posted by Ben Brown on Jul 8, 2022 2:12:46 AM

The utilization of ultrasound with aiding in vascular access procedures has been a regular practice for nearly four decades. Over that time, a great deal has been learned about the best ways to optimize the efficiency of ultrasound within such procedures, ensuring that patients receive the best, most streamlined care possible. Of course, knowing which ideas to implement – and how and when to implement them – can be challenging.

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Topics: Anesthesia & Pain Medicine

Top Tips for Making Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access Procedures Safer

Posted by Ben Brown on Jul 8, 2022 2:12:15 AM

Since 1984, ultrasound has been regularly utilized in a wide variety of vascular access procedures, ranging from ultrasound-guided central venous catheterization to femoral artery cannulation to arterial access. 1 2 Ultrasound’s superior procedural advantages – combined with its cumulative benefits in terms of safety and success– make it a popular tool for practitioners conducting vascular access procedures. 2

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Topics: Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, cleaning ultrasound transducer, clean ultrasound probe

Safely Using Ultrasound for Vascular Access

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Sep 1, 2021 6:11:56 AM

Ultrasound is often used by vascular access teams and nurses to guide certain vascular access procedures, such as placing PICC lines or difficult access peripheral IVs (PIVs). Improving patient safety and outcomes is needed for vascular access interventions, and there are other specific considerations when using ultrasound.

Infection prevention in vascular access is a widely discussed topic, and this post will outline research and guidelines specific to ultrasound-guided procedures.

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Topics: Anesthesia & Pain Medicine

Reduce the Spread of Infection in Ultrasound

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Jun 8, 2020 4:13:03 AM

Medical facilities exist to care for and improve the health of their patients. However, a major concern for patients is the risk of getting an infection during a procedure or hospital stay. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are acquired while patients receive health care for another condition1 and can occur 48 to 72 hours after treatment.2

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Topics: Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, Interventional Ultrasound, Cardiology, Diagnostic Ultrasound

Improve Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) Biopsies by Eliminating a Common Step

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Jun 24, 2019 3:54:43 PM

Fine needle aspiration biopsies (FNAs) are common procedures performed by physicians around the world, in facilities large and small. An FNA procedure utilizes thinner needles (21-27 gauge) to extract tissue samples from a patient’s discovered lesion, which pathology uses to diagnose whether the lesion is malignant or benign1. FNAs can be done on many anatomic sites, but are typically performed on a lymph node, thyroid gland, breast, liver, or pancreas2.

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Topics: Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, Interventional Ultrasound, Endocrinology

Reduce the Risk of Contamination in Ultrasound-Guided Procedures

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Jun 18, 2019 12:52:59 PM

Infection prevention and control is a major focus of healthcare facilities to 1) lower the risk of patients contracting healthcare acquired infections (HAIs), 2) reduce costs that occur with HAIs, and 3) maintain compliance with The Joint Commission (TJC).

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Topics: Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, Interventional Ultrasound, Endocrinology

Can a Probe Cover Simplify Your Workflow for Ultrasound Guided Procedures?

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Apr 27, 2018 1:42:00 PM

When ultrasound is used for point-of-care needle guided procedures, including vascular access or regional anesthesia, it is recommended by the FDA and the CDC that a single-use, disposable probe cover be used on the ultrasound probe for each procedure.

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Topics: Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, Interventional Ultrasound, Cardiology, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Men's Health

Can A Needle Guide Simplify Ultrasound-Guided Procedures?

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Oct 25, 2017 12:45:39 PM

Since their introduction more than three decades ago, mechanical needle guides have been used to assist clinicians in the accuracy of placing needles for a variety of procedures such as biopsies, ablations, peripheral nerve blocks, vascular access, joint injections, and numerous others. But can a needle guide simplify the procedure? Can they reduce procedure times? Can they improve clinical confidence? Finally, and perhaps most importantly, can they improve patient safety? These are some important questions, so let’s look at each one of them individually.

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Topics: Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, Interventional Ultrasound, Breast, Ablation, CIVCO, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Biopsy