Ultrasound-guided I.V. Catheter Insertion

Carrie A. Cromwell, MS, APRN, CRNA; Alice L. March, PhD, RN, FNP, CNE


Am Nurs Journal. 2020;15(2) 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


Establishing peripheral I.V. access is an essential, high-priority nursing procedure. However, access sometimes can be difficult to obtain even for experienced clinicians. Recently, the evidence-based ultrasound-guided short peripheral catheter (USGSPC) insertion method has been established as effective when caring for patients with difficult venous access. The success rate is high, and the added advantages of improved accuracy and more timely insertion increase patient safety and satisfaction. However, recent research demonstrates that USGSPC insertion hasn't been widely adopted. This may be due to a lack of awareness or an absence of organizational protocols for training and use.

To increase adoption of USGSPC, nurses first need to understand its benefits and use. They will then be well positioned to integrate the method into nursing education and implement it in clinical practice.