einstein (São Paulo). 01/Dec/2016;14(4):561-6.

Vascular access: the impact of ultrasonography

Carlos Eduardo Saldanha de Almeida

DOI: 10.1590/s1679-45082016rw3129

Vascular punctures are often necessary in critically ill patients. They are secure, but not free of complications. Ultrasonography enhances safety of the procedure by decreasing puncture attempts, complications and costs. This study reviews important publications and the puncture technique using ultrasound, bringing part of the experience of the intensive care unit of the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo (SP), Brazil, and discussing issues that should be considered in future studies.

Vascular access: the impact of ultrasonography