Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral Intravenous Line Placement: A Narrative Review of Evidence-based Best Practices

West J Emerg Med. 2017 Oct;18(6):1047-1054. doi: 10.5811/westjem.2017.7.34610. Epub 2017 Sep 11.


Peripheral intravenous line placement is a common procedure in emergency medicine. Ultrasound guidance has been demonstrated to improve success rates, as well as decrease complications and pain. This paper provides a narrative review of the literature focusing on best practices and techniques to improve performance with this procedure. We provide an evidence-based discussion of preparation for the procedure, vein and catheter selection, multiple techniques for placement, and line confirmation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arteries / diagnostic imaging
  • Catheterization, Peripheral / methods*
  • Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Ultrasonography, Interventional / methods*
  • Veins / diagnostic imaging