October 2008, Volume 38 Number 10 , p 20 - 21
Moureau, Nancy L. RN, CRNI, BSN
Issue: Volume 38(10), October 2008, p 20–21 Publication Type: [Department: upFront: I.V. ROUNDS] Publisher: © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Nancy L. Moureau is an educator, consultant, and president of PICC Excellence, Inc. ( http://www.piccexcellence.com ), in Hartwell, Ga.
LEARNING TO USE ultrasound can take time, but once you become proficient at using ultrasound guidance, you'll never want to go back to inserting a needle blind. Using ultrasound not only improves patient outcomes, but also saves time and money.
Ultrasound has been a welcome addition to the tools that ease vascular access, increasing success rates and avoiding complications associated with blind needle sticks. Nurses began using ultrasound for peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) in the 1990s; the technique is now endorsed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the CDC. 1,2
Adding ultrasound guidance to an ...