Peripheral IV access with U/S

Patients with difficult venous access are common in the practice of emergency medicine. Often times, ultrasound can be used to reliably guide peripheral intravenous cannulation. The techniques and principles in needle guidance are the same as in central venous cannulation. The commonly used veins for US guided peripheral IV access are the cubital veins, cephalic veins and basilic veins.

upper limb veins

The femoral vein can also be cannulated with the long IV cannula (18-20cm) available in the trauma bay. The technique used is the same as CVC insertion except the long IV cannula does not have a guide wire.

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