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Paramedic Ultrasound Guided IV Study Team

  • Comparing the success of Long vs Short view Paramedic ultrasound guided cannulation. 
    Paramedics and 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 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 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


Research Team:


  • Aidan Baron BParaPrac

  • Gerrie Beirne AMS, MASAR, GCTE; Grad Dip App Sci Med US (USyd); B App Sc (MedRadTech) (NucMed) (USyd)

  • A/Prof Ann Quinton Cert Nuc Med, Cert Diagn Ultrasound, BApplSc(MRS), GradDipHlthSc(Ultrasound) MHlthSc(Ultrasound), Phd(Medicine), Grad Cert Education (Higher Education), AMS

  • Dr C.L Beh Bsc (Hons), PhD

  • A/Prof Jason Bendall OstJ AdvDipParamedSc, BMedSc (Hons), MBBS, PhD, MMed 


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


CQUHREC # H17/04-060

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