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.

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