A study from an urban EM residency program determined that in-plane ultrasound-guided central venous catheterization is superior to out-of-plane ultrasound-guided central line placement. This study was only a single center study that was a randomized crossover study of ER residents…
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A study from an urban EM residency program determined that in-plane ultrasound-guided central venous catheterization is superior to out-of-plane ultrasound-guided central line placement. This study was only a single center study that was a randomized crossover study of ER residents…
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The traditional landmark-guided needle lumbar puncture technique was first described by Heinrich Quincke in 1891[1]This technique utilizes the iliac crest and the posterior lumbar spinous processes to determine the optimal sites for spinal needle introduction in either the L3-4 or…
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Point-of-care ultrasound is one of the most rapidly evolving areas of medicine.  In addition to becoming the “stethoscope of the future” for bedside diagnostic evaluations, ultrasound has improved the safety and efficiency of a wide range of procedures.  The use…
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In residency, I spent a great deal of time at the bedside assessing for shifting dullness in patients who may have had ascites.  Today, when I ask residents about shifting dullness, I often get blank stares.  “Why would I do…
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Thoracentesis is one of the most common bedside procedures performed in U.S. hospitals.  There are about 173,000 thoracenteses performed each year in the U.S.  A systematic review and meta-analysis in 2010 concluded that thoracentesis-related pneumothorax occurs 6% of the time…
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Is Aseptic Technique for Ultrasound Guided Peripheral Lines Enough? Widespread use of ultrasound guided peripheral intravenous catheters will reduce reliance on central lines, thus decreasing the central line device utilization ratios (DUR).  In theory and practice, high DURs correlate with…
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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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One of the most common indications for placing a central venous catheter is “no IV access”.  I certainly have placed numerous central lines for this reason.  Unfortunately, this practice is not without consequences.  In addition to patient discomfort and mechanical…
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Numerous studies have shown that ultrasound guidance lowers the rate of complications and increases the success rate for virtually every hospital procedure compared with traditional landmark-based techniques. This has proved to be the case for ultrasound-guided central lines, ultrasound-guided paracentesis,…
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