- Establishing and maintaining peripheral intravenous access in patients with no visible or palpable veins can be arduous. Intravenous catheters placed with ultrasound do not survive as long as traditionally placed catheters. This study was performed to determine the relationship between the catheter length placed into the lumen of the vein using ultrasound and catheter survival.
- The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who practices in the emergency department must understand how to rapidly diagnose and rule out life-threatening conditions. In women presenting to the emergency department within the first trimester of pregnancy, an ectopic pregnancy is a potentially life-threatening condition that must be explored. An ectopic pregnancy is the presence of a fertilized embryo that implants outside of the uterus, with almost 70% occurring in the fallopian tube.1,2 Implantation of the fertilized embryo outside the uterus, especially in the fallopian tube, can have devastating consequences.
- Vascular access procedures are among the most commonly performed procedures in the emergency department. The objective of the current study was to compare the contrast extravasation rate for ultrasound-guided peripheral intravenous (USGPIV) catheter placement by emergency nurses with peripheral intravenous catheters placed by standard landmark techniques.
- Various medical or anatomical conditions can lead to difficult intravenous access (DIVA) in the emergency department. It was hypothesized that developing an emergency nurse-training program could reduce IV attempts in the emergency department, improving throughput and patient care.
- Emergency medical care often necessitates placement of peripheral intravenous (PIV) catheters. When traditional methods for obtaining PIV access are not successful, ultrasound guidance is a rescue technique for peripheral vascular placement that improves the quality of patient care.