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Ultrasound Guidance for Intravenous Cannulation in Emergency Department Patients.

This study has been completed.
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University of California, San Francisco Identifier:
First received: June 4, 2008
Last updated: June 5, 2008
Last verified: June 2008
A randomized trial of the use of ultrasound by emergency physicians in the placement of intravenous catheters in emergency patients who are found to have difficult intravenous access (defined as two failed attempts by nursing staff).

Condition Intervention
Difficult IV Access
Device: ultrasound

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral Intravenous Cannulation in Emergency Department Patients With Difficult IV Access: a Randomized Trial.

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of IV Attempts [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Time to placement of IV catheter [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: June 2005
Study Completion Date: August 2005
Primary Completion Date: August 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Ultrasound
use of ultrasound
Device: ultrasound
No Intervention: no ultrasound
no ultrasound


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients requiring an IV in the emergency department and who have two failed attempts by nursing staff

Exclusion Criteria:

  • emergent need for IV access
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00692549

United States, California
University of California
San Francisco, California, United States, 94143
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, San Francisco
  More Information

Responsible Party: John C. Stein MD, University of California, San Francisco Identifier: NCT00692549     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RandomizedIVUS 
Study First Received: June 4, 2008
Last Updated: June 5, 2008
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of California, San Francisco:
iv access
Patients with difficult iv access in emergency departments.

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Disease Attributes
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