Vascular Access Phantom DIY

December 23, 2015

I initially posted this video on my website (link) back in April, but since then I've gotten some feedback and messed around with it a bit, and wanted to post an update.  Enjoy!

Vascular access is such an important component of the treatment of ED patients.  Our nurses, paramedics and techs do an amazing job placing IV’s, but sometimes there’s that “difficult stick”.  I’ve found ultrasound to be immensely beneficial in situations in which vascular access is unable to be obtained by standard methods.  I’ve used it on numerous occasions when placing central lines, and over the past few years, I’ve found myself placing more and more US-guided peripheral IV’s.

One of the physicians at my shop (Jacob Hennings) went to the ACEP teaching fellowship a few weeks back and emailed me about this product called “Clear Ballistics.”  He stated that one of the other people there had been using it to make a DIY ultrasound-guided vascular access simulator.  As soon as I heard about this, I ordered a block of this ballistics gel, and started experimenting.  Here’s how I made it:

Items you’ll need to get started:
1. Ballistics gel
2. Small bread loaf pan
3. Drill bits
4. Countersink bit
5. Latex tubing
6. 2 flask funnels
7. Dowels
8. Drill
9. Safety goggles
10. Crock Pot
11. Knife
12. Syringe

Watch the podcast for full instructions, and let me know what you think!

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