Passion for Patient Care Revolutionizes Vascular Access

April 20, 2016

Drastically Improving Care with Ultrasound Guidance


“Anyone who ever sat through nurses making multiple IV needle sticks understands the value of ultrasound-guided vascular access, but this goes much deeper than an annoying hour trying to draw a few vials of blood or an arm that is bruised for a day or two,” said Vascular Access Coordinator Matthew ­­­­­­Ostroff at St. Joseph's Health Care System. “In fact, we recently helped a 2-year-old pediatric oncology patient who was transferred to us from another local hospital because they were unable to successfully grant IV access after 8 attempts. It was after 10 p.m. when I got the call and we were able to place a line in just one stick.”


Read the whole story to see what St. Joseph Health Care System is succeeding with ultrasound-guided vascular access.


Some of the highlights:

  • 98% success rate 
  • 3-5 minutes vs. 30-60 minutes leading to improved efficiency and patient satisfaction
  • Elimination of costly and invasive PICC lines ($260 vs $16 in supply cost alone) plus reduced procedure risk
  • 500K savings in supplies annually plus millions more when considering early initiation of treatment, decreased length of stay including same day discharges