A review of use of ultrasound guidance for difficult peripheral Venous Access in a tertiary hospital in Australia (DIVA Study)

Successful insertion of a peripheral intravenous catheter is crucial for the administration of intravenous fluids and medications. Many patients present to hospital with non-visible or palpable veins and ultrasound guidance increases the likelihood of successful first time insertion, reducing multiple attempts at cannulation. This in turn, leads to better patient outcomes by reducing delays in the commencement of treatment, decreases the risk of device failure from phlebitis, thrombosis or catheter-related infection. Ultimately, it improves patient satisfaction as they experience a much less painful procedure.

The main objectives of this retrospective cohort study are to review the procedural characteristics and outcomes of patients with difficult vascular accesses that have had a peripheral intravenous catheter inserted under ultrasound guidance on a Intensive Care Unit at Liverpool Hospital. The outcomes from this study will help to evaluate health outcomes and inform changes in clinical practice. 



Project Team:

Alexandrou E (Liverpool Hospital), Sou V (Liverpool Hospital), Sousa MS (CANR)

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