ATS Sch. 2022 Oct 26;3(4):598-609. doi: 10.34197/ats-scholar.2022-0029HT. eCollection 2022 Dec.
Ultrasound-guided peripheral intravenous (IV) placement is often required for patients with difficult IV access and is associated with a reduction in central line placement. Despite the importance, there is no standardized technical approach, and there is limited ability to attain mastery through simulation. We describe our step-by-step approach for teaching ultrasound-guided IV placement at the bedside using short-axis dynamic guidance, with emphasis on advancing the needle and catheter device almost entirely into the vessel before threading the catheter. Our teaching approach allows the opportunity for trainees to maximize the learning potential of a single insertion experience, which includes focused preprocedure hands-on practice, instruction with real-time feedback at the bedside, and a post-procedure debrief with reinforcement of concepts.