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An observational study of cannulation practices in the Emergency department at Gold Coast University Hospital, and the effect of ultrasound-guided cannulation

Quick facts

Principal investigator:
Dr Amy Archer-Jones
Team members:
Ms Amy Sweeny and Dr Stuart Watkins
Project commenced:

Most patients need intravenous cannula (a small plastic tube, inserted into the vein) in the emergency department, but many suffer multiple attempts before the health provider is successful. This can cause patient distress and delays the time to diagnose and to carry out potentially life-saving treatments. The study examines current practices of inserting intravenous (IV) cannulas in the Emergency Department at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

From this research, an ultrasound-guided cannulation training program, and other visual and written materials have been suggested. This will enable better recognition of patients with difficult intravenous access and increase ultrasound use during cannulation.

“We are well practiced in placing cannulas under ultrasound guidance with good success; however, many ED team members have not received this training. This is an easy skill to learn and can have great improvements for patient outcomes and experience.”

—Dr Amy-Archer Jones

Grants Awarded

Emergency Medicine Foundation

Last updated 19 Aug 2020