In 2015 a meta-analysis found that when an ultrasound was used during a radial arterial catheter placement the first pass success rate improved. In the eleven trials that met inclusion criteria over 800 patients were enrolled. Compared to the palpation-guided…
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The SARS-COV-2 pandemic started in January 2020 and has decimated the majority of U.S. hospitals for the past 18 months. The impact of COVID-19 has not only affected available hospital beds, but has limited the ability of hospitals to perform…
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Radial artery catheters are frequently placed in the emergency department (ED) and intensive care unit (ICU) for hemodynamic monitoring and arterial blood gas analysis. A number of small studies have compared ultrasound-guided placement of radial artery catheters to traditional placement…
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Ultrasound for Radial Arterial Line?   Do I really need to use an ultrasound for radial arterial lines?  For years I have used ultrasound guidance for brachial and femoral arterial line placement because the risk associated with puncturing or lacerating…
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