Difficult Venous Access: Ultrasound Guidance for Improved Success and Patient Satisfaction

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Conference Date
Tue, Apr 17, 2018
60 minutes
Product Description

Elusive veins? Make ultrasound guidance your secret weapon!

You likely encounter your fair share of patients with tough-to-access veins, resulting in multiple needle sticks and, sometimes, central venous catheterization. Neither is fun for patients or medical personnel. Difficult venous access creates a painful experience for patients, frustration for care providers, and delays in care.

But a solution is within your reach: ultrasound guidance for venous access. Join expert speaker Dr. Bret Nelson as he acquaints you with this feasible, preferable technique for venous challenges. This webinar will review simple strategies for incorporating ultrasound guidance into your practice, whether you’re a physician, PA, NP, or other care provider who must obtain venous access and improve patient care.

Dr. Nelson will walk you through the nuts-and-bolts of this valuable technique, from managing the controls on the ultrasound machine, to using ultrasound to define the anatomy and best potential venous access sites. You will learn which equipment to set up and how to choose the proper catheter, as well as how to guide a needle to its target using ultrasound.

After attending this webinar, you will be better able to assess patients for difficult venous access, and then safely and quickly gain intravenous access—without multiple needle sticks and costly errors. If you’re not familiar with using ultrasound for venous access, you will gain a powerful new tool to deal with some of your most challenging and vulnerable patients. You’ll also add a skill set to your practice that is highly sought after by patients and employers alike!

Session Highlights

This webinar will teach you how to:

  • Identify patients with difficult venous access – ideally, before you’ve stuck them with needles numerous times!
  • Use ultrasound to evaluate ideal venous access sites.
  • Set up the proper equipment to perform venous access safely and efficiently.
  • Utilize proven techniques to obtain venous access using ultrasound assistance.
  • Minimize errors, such as arterial puncture.
  • Quickly and easily identify relevant anatomy of the soft tissue, muscle, nerves, and vessels.
  • Choose the right catheter for venous access in your especially challenging patients.

Session Agenda

This session will cover:

  • Description of decision options/interventions and the level of recommendation
    • Ultrasound-guided intravenous access
    • Intraosseous vascular access
    • Subcutaneous rehydration therapy
    • Warming
    • Alternative methods
  • Use of ultrasound to guide vascular access procedures

Who Should Attend

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Nurse administrators
  • Nurse educators
  • Ultrasound technicians
  • Phlebotomists
  • Resident physicians

Ask a question at the Q&A session following the live event and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.

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About Our Speaker

Dr. Bret Nelson

Bret Nelson, MD is a professor of Emergency Medicine and Chief of the Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Division at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is Chief Editor of the ultrasound education website www.SinaiEM.us. Dr. Nelson authored the Manual of Emergency and Critical care Ultrasound, the Atlas of Handheld Ultrasound, and Emergency Medicine Oral Board Review Illustrated. He has served on the Board of Directors...   More Info
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Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education designates this activity for 1.0 contact hour(s) for nurses. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nurses licensed in Iowa and California: This activity was planned and developed in accordance with the continuing education standards of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Iowa Board of Nursing and the California Board of Nursing will honor ANCC continuing education credits for face-to-face programs held outside Iowa and California, or for ANCC-approved online recorded courses taken in a self-study format.
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