DISCLAIMER: This is a more clinical-nursing focused post and may not be of interest to all parties.
So I’ll be honest, this is complete procrastination, and this project has been sitting on my desktop for over a year. Partly because I needed a better microphone to record, partly because I don’t like the way my voice sounds recorded, and partly since the worldwide shut downs of COVID, I’ve had trouble staying motivated to create content.
I taught this workshop for several years at my home health system in Greenville, South Carolina, and this presentation is a collection of my talking points, tips, and tricks that I shared. When I left the system I had over 300 ultrasound-guided IV attempts with a 90% first-stick success rate - keep in mind that this included initial training attempts and that for most, if not all, of these cases I was called due to the patient already being a difficult access.
One of the most frustrating things as a nurse is being unable to obtain IV access (and usually blood specimens as well) and this skill can be a massively empowering tool to learn.
The material here is not only for the end-user but also contains guidance (at least one teams approach) at setting up a competency program.
Pre-Workshop Procedural Video
(The New England Journal of Medicine)