Staff Trained in an Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral Intravenous Insertion Course

Authors: Kevin Hsu, MSN, RN, CEN, CNL, EMT-P; Janice Lara, BSN, RN; Chase Lodico, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN; Ryan Pugh, BSN, RN; Michael Strathern, MSN, RN; Kyle Wright, MSN, RN

Ultrasound-guided peripheral intravenous (USGPIV) insertion is an increasingly important skill within nursing. Educating more nurses on its use could decrease the number of PIV insertion attempts, the total time to venipuncture and the rate of complications while ultimately increasing overall patient satisfaction. In April 2021, the USGPIV course offered by the Rush University Medical Center Emergency Department (ED) was renewed. Chase Lodico, RN, CEN, MBA, the ED unit director, had previously helped develop the USGPIV program at another institution and has passed his experience and skills to the next generation of Rush instructors. During FY 2021, more than 25 ED, adult critical care and central staff office nurses attended the course while working to become certified in this vital skill. Following the revitalization of this course, the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Rush University Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital’s Emergency Department have developed or are developing their own classes modeled on its success.