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Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral Intravenous Line Placement: A Narrative Review of Evidence-based Best Practices

  • Author(s): Gottlieb, Michael
  • Sundaram, Tina
  • Holladay, Dallas
  • Nakitende, Damali
  • et al.

Peripheral intravenous line placement is a common procedure in emergency medicine. Ultrasoundguidance has been demonstrated to improve success rates, as well as decrease complicationsand pain. This paper provides a narrative review of the literature focusing on best practices andtechniques to improve performance with this procedure. We provide an evidence-based discussionof preparation for the procedure, vein and catheter selection, multiple techniques for placement, andline confirmation.

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