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Ultrasound Guided IV's by Paramedics Study

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CQUniversity Sydney

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Paramedic Ultrasound Guided Cannulation:
Comparing Short and Long Axis

Attend a 2.5 hour research session where you will learn to perform ultrasound guided peripheral IV cannulation and be tested performing 2 techniques at a simulator station.

There are over 10 sessions at different times to choose from.

To participate you must either be a practising paramedic OR a final year student paramedic at a recognised university

What is this Research About?

Comparing the success of Long vs Short view Paramedic ultrasound guided cannulation.
Paramedics and final year student paramedics will be taught to perform ultrasound guided intravenous cannulation and then be tested on the success of performing 2 different techniques. This is some of the first paramedic ultrasound research in Australasia and will be a ground-breaking step in advancing the scope of paramedic practice and science.

What are you asking me to do?

Groups of up to 14 paramedics and final year student paramedics will undergo a short education session and then be tested one-at-a-time performing ultrasound guided cannulation on a specialised simulator; using an ultrasound machine and cannulation needles. What is being measured in the test is: Whether you successfully placed the cannula in the simulation vein, how long this took, how many times you moved the needle, and how confident and safe you felt doing this. The entire session will last approximately 2 and a half (2.5) hours.

Benefits and Risks

This is low risk research, as a Paramedic or final year student paramedic; you will be very comfortable with safe cannula handling. Ultrasound is very safe and gives off no radiation (it is used on pregnant women and babies). This research is the first paramedic ultrasound research in Australasia. You will be participating in an incredibly important step forwards as our profession advances. This research will be a basis for expanding and advancing paramedic scope of practice in the future; especially in critical/intensive care and extended care paramedic roles. The education you will receive as part of this research has been reviewed by critical care physicians and sonographers; and has been tailored to offer you a fast-paced and dynamic experience.

Please Note: This research session does not confer a qualification or statement of competency however a letter of participation in research will be available to you at each research session.

Confidentiality / Anonymity

All information collected in this research; including information about your education level, cannulation experience, and scores using the ultrasound are completely anonymous; your name is not attached to this data. The only place your name or personal information is recorded is on the consent form you will sign should you wish to participate. All Data will be securely stored for five (5) years in accordance with the CQUniversity policy.


Your participation in the session is voluntary and will then be regarded as continued informed consent. You will need to sign a consent form at the beggining of the session.

Right to Withdraw

You can leave this research or experiment at any time you like and there will be no negative consequences as a result of this. Once you have participated in the experiment and data has been collected, this data cannot be withdrawn as it is all anonymised.

Outcome, Feedback & Further Information

If you are interested in finding out more or have any further questions or feedback you can email the research team at any time by contacting Aidan Baron at


Please contact CQUniversity’s Office of Research (Tel: 07 4923 2603; E-mail: ; Mailing address: Building 32, CQUniversity, Rockhampton QLD 4702) should there be any concerns about the nature and/or conduct of this research project.

CQUHREC Approved Research H17/04-060

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