Once again this question comes up in our recent preparation for the "aim for zero" campaign.
Are your ED physicians utilizing ultrasound? There is a statement in the HCA aim for zero under the section of "education and competency"
Technology to improve insertion ( ie ultrasound guidance) is evaluated and utililized when appropriate.
Our risk manager seems to think we have a "gap" or need for iimprovement since the ER docs never need to borrow my ultrasound.
Ihave 2 critical care pulmonologists who ocassionally place central lines or Swanz Ganz catheters and only one borrows my US, and he typically uses it to visualize the juglars and then doesnt actually use it for his insertion.
How are your docs doing ? Do you consider it a deficiency if they dont utilize ultrasound?
Thanks in advance ! Gina Ward