I have long been an advocate of ultrasound guided vascular access. Having always been a person with “difficult” veins, every time I needed a blood test or any form of cannulation, the practitioner would invariably make numerous attempts to find a vein, and this was always stressful and painful. On one occasion, I was even sent to a paediatric phlebotomist because the regular nurse could not find a vein. My story is not uncommon but my first introduction to ultrasound cannulation was at the The SAN in Wahrwoonga in 2012. As a sonographer, my eyes were suddenly opened to the possibility of a global approach to ultrasound in a vascular setting. My excitement about ultrasound assisted cannulation lept forward to other uses, such as ultrasound in conjunction with doppler for monitoring leg ulcers.
From a patient’s perspective, use of ultrasound-assisted access provides a more efficient and less painful experience, especially for those who, like me, are anatomically different.
Jenni Sanderson – Owner / Principal
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