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Your resource for optimizing vascular access for each and every patient

Putting Peripheral Access In Action

Encourage vein assessment as a standard practice prior to every apheresis procedure at your facility. By adding this step, you can ensure that peripheral access is always considered as an option to meet a patient’s individual needs.

Best Practice Spotlight: The Impact of Adding a Vein Assessment

See how the Royal Brisbane Hospital in Queensland, Australia increased the percentage of apheresis procedures performed with peripheral access.
The Impact of Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral Access

Use of ultrasound-guided peripheral venous access prevented the placement of central venous catheters in 20% of procedures, demonstrating its utility in a busy apheresis clinic.

Best Practice Spotlight: Advancing Peripheral Access for Apheresis With Ultrasound

See how the apheresis clinic at the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark increased peripheral access from 50% to 99% through the implementation of an ultrasound-guided cannulation technique.
"In patients with difficult peripheral venous access, ultrasound guidance increased success rates of peripheral venous placement when compared with traditional techniques."2

(Stolz et al, 2015)

Peripheral Venous Access Tips & Tricks
We have gathered some handy tips and tricks for performing peripheral access.
Information presented here is for your consideration only. Always follow your facility’s standard operating procedure for obtaining venous access.

Patient Preparation and Education
  • Perform a venous assessment
  • Set expectations—it may take more than one attempt to gain venous access
  • Educate your patients about:
    • Hydration prior to apheresis
    • Exercise when possible (for example, flexing fingers)
    • Use of topical anesthetics

These tips are available in a hands-on tool:

1Salazar E, Garcia S, Miguel R, Segura FJ, Ipe TS, Leveque C. Ultrasound-guided peripheral venous access for therapeutic apheresis procedures reduces need for central venous catheters. J Clin Apher. 2017;32(4):266-269.

2Stolz LA, Stolz U, Howe C, Farrell IJ, Adhikari S. Ultrasound-guided peripheral venous access: a meta-analysis and systematic review. J Vasc Access. 2015;16(4):321-326.

Using Ultrasound Guidance for Vascular Access

Using Ultrasound Guidance for Vascular Access


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