Who Gets an US-Guided IV?

(This was first published on blog.5minsono.com on May 11, 2017)

Next on my US-guided IV series: Who gets an IV? (Spoiler alert, this procedure isn’t for all patients).

The patients who should be getting USGIVs should be the following:

  • At least 2 staff members have tried 3 times (total) to get IV using standard techniques.
  • You know they’re a difficult stick and you have time
  • You’re patient isn’t coding (You should be placing the IO)