Ultrasound Needle Guides for Vascular Access

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Physicians utilizing needle guidance for vascular access procedures have found:

  • Improved needle visualization 2,3 | Visibility increased 54.4% with a needle guide vs. free-hand technique in the placement of a subclavian vein CVC
  • Decreased access time 2 | Access time was reduced by 52.9% when cannulating the subclavian vein
  • Increased success rate for first attempt insertions 4,5 | Successful bedside insertions increased to more than 90%, compared to 73% success rate without ultrasound guidance.

The use of ultrasound needle guides is increasingly significant in vascular access procedures 1,2, including:

  • Central venous catheter (CVC): internal jugular vein 3, subclavian vein, femoral vein
  • Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)
  • Dialysis access
  • Arterial lines

CIVCO's disposable needle guides are compatible with most ultrasound systems and attach directly to your transducer via a custom-designed, reusable bracket.

Infiniti Plus needle guidance system is an effective tool used to improve efficiency and outcomes for in-plane (IP) ultrasound-guided nerve blocks and central line placement.
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AccuSITE Needle Guides
The AccuSITE needle guidance system allows for an out-of-plane (OOP) approach, designed specifically for central line placement. The AccuSITE needle guide increases first-time success rates during catheter placement procedures.
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1. Moore, C. L. (2014), "Ultrasound First, Second, and Last for Vascular Access" Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 33: 1135-1142 doi:10.7863/ultra.33.7.1135
2. Maecken T, Heite L, Wolf B, Zahn PK, Litz RJ, "US-guided catheterization of the subclavian vein: free-hand vs. needle-guided technique" Anesthesia: The Association of Anesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, 2015; 1-8
3. Ball R, Scouras N. Orebaugh S, Wilde J, Saki T. "Randomized Prospective Observational Simulation Study Comparing Residents Needle Guided vs. Free-hand Ultrasound Techniques for Central Veneous Catheter Access." British Journal of Anaesthesia. 108.1 (2011): 72-79.
4. "Improved care and reduced costs for patients requiring peripherally inserted central catheters: the role of the bedside ultrasound and a dedicated team" JPEN: Journal of Enteral Nutrition, September/October 2005, p.1.
5. Moureau, Nancy, CRNI, BSN. "Using Ultrasound to GUIDE PICC Insertion." Nursing, December 2003, p. 1.

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