Why Using Ultrasound for Vascular Access ?

Why Using Ultrasound for Vascular Access ?

Why using ultrasound for vascular access?

The first mention of the use of ultrasound for setting up a vascular access traces back to 1987. It then took a decade to see recommendations on the matter in the UK, in the USA, and in France. Benefits of using ultrasound for vascular access then became very obvious: increased success rate & reduced procedure time. Not to mention safety and comfort.

Ultrasound guidance decreases the complication rate

One undeniable benefit of ultrasound is its ability to drastically reduce the complication rate compared to techniques used so far. Vascular access was known to cause bleeding or nerve damages. By increasing the needle visualization during the procedure risks of hitting unwanted structures are reduced.

It’s been proven that using ultrasound for vascular access gives better results when dealing with the internal jugular vein, the subclavian vein, and the femoral vein. Ultrasound guidance can also help during peripheral or radial arterial catheterizations, though they are less risky by nature, by reducing patient pain and discomfort.

Ultrasound and needle guides: a breakthrough for anesthesiologists

Using ultrasound is even more interesting when paired with a needle guide. The ultrasound + needle guide combo is extremely beneficial to access the internal jugular vein, the subclavian vein, the axillary vein, the cephalic vein, and the femoral vein. It allows for:

  • Decreased number of attempts: 1 with a needle guide, 2-8 without
  • Better needle or catheter visualization (the tip of the needle in particular) compared to ultrasound alone.
  • Higher success rates: punctures are five times more successful at the first attempt with a needle guide.
In-plane ultrasound for vascular access
In-plane ultrasound for vascular access
Out-of-plane ultrasound for vascular access
Out-of-plane ultrasound for vascular access

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