If You Can See It, You Can Cannulate It: Ultrasound Use in Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Placement

Author(s): Anderson Robert

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2025

Topics: Technology

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Peripheral intravenous catheter placement is a ubiquitous procedure in all settings, yet still complicated by a high rate of failure, patient discomfort and dissatisfaction. Ultrasound technology to aid in successful placement of peripheral intravenous catheters is becoming a powerful tool in improving success rates and the patient experience. A foundational overview of vascular anatomy and use of ultrasound in vascular access placement are discussed and demonstrated.


  • Evaluate the current literature regarding use of ultrasound in peripheral intravenous catheter cannulation.
  • Interpret vascular anatomy of the peripheral vasculature as viewed on an ultrasound.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the procedure of peripheral intravenous catheter cannulation using ultrasound guidance.

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