Advanced Peripheral Intravenous Skills for the Emergency Nurse:
Using Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Difficult Access
We will explore improved care efficiency and patient satisfaction with ultrasound guidance for difficult PIV insertions, identify implementation challenges of a nurse-led program, and review a collaborative approach for initiating implementation. Includes a brief demonstration.
Lisa Groulx started her career in 2006, as an emergency staff nurse at Guelph General Hospital in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She is now the Emergency Clinical Educator - Professional Practice Lead. She followed her passion for continuous education and learning in the clinical nurse setting, and obtained a master’s degree in nursing (teaching focus) in 2017. After recognizing the value of ultrasound-guided PIVs in difficult-access cases, Lisa led the development of a UGPIV training program for nurses at Guelph General Hospital. Her evidence-based, collaborative approach resulted in high interest and participation among ED nurses. As a result, the nurse-led UGPIV program has begun making a positive impact on nursing practice and patient satisfaction.