Atrial septal defect

Word of the Day

Atrial_Septal_DefectAtrial septal defect – A hole in the wall of the heart separating the atria or in the wall of the heart separating the ventricles.

Atrial septal defect (ASD) is a heart defect that is present at birth (congenital). While the baby is in the womb, there is normally an opening between the upper chambers of the heart (atria) to allow blood to flow around the lungs. This opening usually closes around the time when the baby is born.

Word of the Day – Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access: In-Plane Approach

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Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access: In-Plane Approach

va-in-planeThe in-plane or long access approach is the technique used to allow visualization of the entire needle when performing ultrasound-guided vascular access.
The transducer is positioned in a long axis over the selected vein.  The vessel is visualized straight across the screen.  The needle is placed at the center of the transducer in-line with the ultrasound beam and the trajectory of the vessel with the bevel up.

The transducer is held stationary with the non-dominant hand while advancing the needle using the dominant hand.

Figure 1: Adapted from Chapter 19, Emergency Ultrasound Ed. 2, James Mateer MD, editor

To learn more about Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access: In-Plane Approach, and how to identify it during your evaluations, check out upcoming vascular hands-on training course that will provide hours of hands-on scanning.