Intraosseous Access 101

IO access provides rapid vascular access in a variety of emergency situations. There are several types of IO devices that can be used. The humeral site is generally the least painful and quickest to access All resuscitation and anaesthetic drugs can be given via the IO route. Fluids need to be administered under pressure. All […]

What’s the “Best” Site for Central Line Placement?

Using the subclavian site for central venous catheterization reduced infections and DVT to a minimum, but tripled the risk of pneumothorax compared to the internal jugular (IJ) position. Using the femoral position eliminated pneumothorax risk, and was comparable to the IJ in infection risk, but significantly increased DVT risk.  

Size does matter

If you want to get big water into your patient, observe the following recommendations: Gauge is king. Choose the fattest tube you can stick into the patient. When it comes to catheter length, it’s not the size… it’s how you use it. Shorter catheter lengths mean less resistance. Consider plugging your drip set directly into […]

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