Insterting an IV cannula is among one of the most common and challenging skills a nurse has to learn. Not being able to see under the skin can sometimes prove uncomfortable for patients and frustrating for nurses. Using a portable hand-held ultrasound can make all the difference.
Hand-held USS are designed to ‘enhance user capability placement of peripheral cannula’ and allows the user to assess the vasculature before insertion. This makes for a more timely insertion, a more comfortable experience for the patient and improves the accuracy of the insertions.
Thanks to the generous funding from The Good Guys Kawana and Dan The Mango Man, Wishlist were able to purchase three Site Rite Prevue Ultrasounds for Nambour Hospital.
Nambour Hospital Clinical Nurse Caroline Burrell said staff are currently in training to effectively use the ultrasounds but they couldn’t be more excited.
“We are looking forward to seeeing this as an extension of our nursing professions,” Ms Burrell said.
“Now we dont have to wait for doctors or the after hours CNC (clinical nurse) and can do the cannula ourselves.”
The ultrasounds are small and easy to use with limited touch screen control buttons. They come with a compatible needle-guide to assist with cannulation and have a USB port for images to be downloaded.