Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access: A Comprehensive Guide - Online Course

Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access: A Comprehensive Guide


Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access: A Comprehensive Guide

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Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access: A Comprehensive Guide

  • 12 months UNLIMITED access from your computer, tablet or phone. No lockouts, or hidden limitations after a certain amount of views.
  • A variety of learning components including: video lectures, scan demonstrations, interactive components/quizzes, and more to improve diagnostic accuracy.
  • This online course is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ upon successful completion.
  • All online courses cover the same topics as our comprehensive live courses. Add a Hands-On Workshop (Not Valid for Registry Reviews) and receive 3 additional months of access. See our Blended Course Learning Format for more details.
  • Group pricing is available for groups of 5 or more (Not Valid for Registry Reviews). Add a Custom Onsite Hands-On Workshop for training consistency, time and cost effectiveness, with the highest quality ultrasound training in the industry.
  • Private Hands-On Workshops are also available for the learner who prefers the 1-1 learning format. Receive 3 additional months of unlimited online access (Not Valid for Registry Reviews) with a Private Hands-On Course. See our Private Hands-On Course Learning Format for more details.


Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access: A Comprehensive Guide Online Course is planned in accordance with the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), ACEP, and WINFOCUS guidelines. This online course is designed for medical professionals who perform central or peripheral line placement. This program combines a comprehensive review of ultrasound fundamentals, guidance techniques, ultrasound vessel differentiation, procedural set-up, in-plane and out-of-plane scanning techniques for performing central and peripheral line placement. This self-directed course is in a modular format and includes recommended reading assignments, online video lectures, case presentations, and online interactive quizzes. Enrollment is valid for 12 months (365 days) and begins the moment the participant is enrolled. Extend your online course access another 3 months with the addition of an onsite hands-on workshop or registration for a regularly scheduled GCUS scan workshop.

Date of Original Release: 6/18/2018

Reviewed for content accuracy: 6/18/2021
Reviewed by: Gulfcoast Ultrasound CME Committee

This edition valid for credit through: 6/18/2024

  1 year/365 days of Unlimited Access from date of purchase. Expires on 2/21/2025 if purchased today.

Code: OC-UGVA181
ID: 3935


  • Imaging Fundamentals
  • Fundamentals of UGVA
  • Why use ultrasound guidance?
  • In-plane vs out of plane techniques
  • Principles of vessel differentiation and procedural tips
  • Ultrasound-Guided Central Line Placement
  • IJ, axillary/subclavian and femoral vein access
  • Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral Line Placement
  • Antecubital vein access
  • Additional access sites
  • Comments on the Pediatric patient
  • Clinical cases
  • Ultrasound probe cover demonstration


  • Demonstrate the participant's knowledge to better perform ultrasound-guided vascular access procedures
  • Demonstrate proper transducer manipulation and system optimization to produce diagnostic images
  • List the advantages and disadvantages of the "In-Plane" and "Out-of-Plane" and the "Direct" vs. "Indirect" ultrasound-guided vascular access techniques
  • Differentiate venous vs. arterial anatomy by ultrasound
  • Identify ultrasound imaging characteristics of vessels and contiguous anatomy to determine the optimal approach for vascular access
  • Describe ultrasound imaging characteristics of vascular pathology that would indicate a vessel is not suitable for vascular access
  • Demonstrate the use of ultrasound guidance for central and peripheral line vascular access
  • Demonstrate competence to incorporate protocols, scan techniques, and interpretation criteria to improve diagnostic/treatment accuracy


Registration: $350.00

(12 Months Unlimited Access)


Physicians, mid-level providers, and nurses involved with performing vascular access for central and peripheral lines. Physician participants may include (but is not limited to) emergency, critical care, hospitalist, internal medicine, primary care.


GulfCoast Ultrasound Institute

Andreas Dewitz  MD, RDMS

Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine
Clinical Director of POCUS Education, Solomont Simulation Center
Department of Emergency Medicine Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

GulfCoast Ultrasound Institute

Lori Green  BA, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

President, Program Director.
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.
Saint Petersburg, FL.
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Faculty Disclosure
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.adheres to ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies regarding industry support of CME. Speakers will disclose any relevant commercial relationships prior to the start of the educational activity.

Content Validation
All presentations for this CME activity were reviewed and approved by members of the GUI CME Review Committee to determine content validity and to ensure that no conflicts of interest exist prior to the activity commencement or material compilation.

Disclosure of Individuals in Control of Content
In addition to the faculty listed the following individuals are recognized by GUI as being in control of content of this program:

James Mateer, MD, RDMS (Medical Director-planner, QI Task Force Subcommittee)
Medical Director, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Charlotte Derr, MD, RDMS, FACEP (Co-Medical Director-planner, QI Task Force Subcommittee)
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine &
Fellowship Director of Emergency Medicine
Ultrasound Fellowship Program
University of South Florida Medical School
Tampa, FL.
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Andreas Dewitz, MD, RDMS(Member of Advisory Board, QI Task Force Subcommittee)
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Vice Chair of Ultrasound Education
Boston Medical Center Boston, MA
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Lori Green, BA, RT, RDMS, RDCS, RVT (Program Director - planner, Content Reviewer, QI Task Force Subcommittee)
President, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Disclosure of Commercial Support
There was no commercial support involved in the planning, development/implementation of this activity.

Credits (Optional with additional purchase)

The Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute designates this internet activity enduring material for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course also meets CME/CEU requirements for ARDMS. Note: While offering the CME credit hours noted above, activities are not intended to provide extensive training or certification for exam performance or interpretation.



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