Ultrasound use by our nursing colleagues also deserves special mention.
In the emergency department, nurses use ultrasound daily to assist in difficult-to-start intravenous line placement. Less reliance on physician-placed central lines, solely to establish access, has been shown to reduce the complications, such as infections, that come from central line attempts.
Also, nurses in the various intensive care units use ultrasound to assess the bladder before placing a catheter to ensure adequate volume will be returned. Avoiding catheter placement when it is not needed avoids the infectious complications inherent in bladder catheterization. We train nurses during their pre-clinical years in nursing school using the ultrasound resources housed in the MedEd building.