Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Practice Considerations for Ultrasound-Guided Technique for the Insertion of Arterial Catheters

  • Appropriate scope of practice and level of training or expertise needs to be considered when applying this recommendation and determining the most appropriate health provider to insert the peripheral arterial catheter.
  • Two health providers may be required when using ultrasound, depending on the expertise and experience level of the health provider (i.e., one to hold the ultrasound probe and the other to insert the needle).
  • When using ultrasound-guided technique for the insertion of arterial catheters, it is important that health providers ensure correct positioning of the VAD prior to initiating treatment. It should be evident on ultrasound that the catheter is positioned properly in the artery.

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