Preventing the collapse of a peripheral vein during cannulation: an evaluation of various tourniquet techniques on vein compressibility.

@article{Kule2014PreventingTC,
  title={Preventing the collapse of a peripheral vein during cannulation: an evaluation of various tourniquet techniques on vein compressibility.},
  author={Amy Kule and Bophal Hang and Amit Bahl},
  journal={The Journal of emergency medicine},
  year={2014},
  volume={46 5},
  pages={
          659-66
        }
}
BACKGROUND Venous access can occasionally be difficult to obtain secondary to near-complete compressibility of peripheral veins in some patients. OBJECTIVE This study utilizes ultrasound to assess vein compressibility with different tourniquet techniques commonly available in the emergency department. METHODS After approval by the Institutional Review Board, a prospective single-center study was conducted assessing the compressibility of basilic veins with ultrasound. Compressibility was… CONTINUE READING

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