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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2007 Jun;23(6):422-4; quiz 425-6.

Venous access in the critically ill child: when the peripheral intravenous fails!

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  • 1Division of Pediatric Critical Care, Stollery Children's Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


Emergent venous access is now achievable by intraosseous needle in patients of all ages and sizes. The review outlines the limitations of other more "traditional" forms of emergent venous access in children (when the peripheral intravenous fails) and briefly discusses the intraosseous devices that have been recently marketed that allow for rapid and effective intraosseous access in older children and adults.

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