A needle guidance device compared to free hand technique in an ultrasound-guided interventional task using a phantom.
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SourceAnaesthesia, 63, 9, (2008), pp. 986-990
Article / Letter to editor
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SubjectDCN 1: Perception and Action; N4i 1: Pathogenesis and modulation of inflammation; N4i 4: Auto-immunity, transplantation and immunotherapy; UMCN 3.3: Neurosensory disorders
In this in vitro study, a needle guidance device and a 'free hand' technique for ultrasound guided needle insertion were compared in a simulated ultrasound-guided interventional task using a porcine phantom. Residents inexperienced in using ultrasonography were asked to insert a needle, using an in-plane techniques, and to make contact with metal rods at a depth of 2 and 4 cm in the phantom. The transducer made angles of 90 degrees, 60 degrees and 45 degrees with the surface of the phantom. The times to perform the procedures were significantly shorter and the needle visualisation was significantly better when using the needle guidance device. The residents ranked their satisfaction with the needle-guidance device significantly better than the 'free-hand' technique. This device may be beneficial when performing ultrasound guided peripheral nerve blocks, especially by inexperienced operators.
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