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Intraosseous line insertion for the primary health care physician

Indiran Govender, Henry I. Okonta, Olukayode Adeleke, Selvandran Rangiah
South African Family Practice | Vol 65, No 1 : Part 2| a5691 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/safp.v65i1.5691 | © 2023 Indiran Govender, Henry I. Okonta, Olukayode Adeleke, Selvandran Rangiah | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 December 2022 | Published: 24 March 2023

About the author(s)

Indiran Govender, Department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Pretoria, South Africa
Henry I. Okonta, Department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Pretoria, South Africa
Olukayode Adeleke, Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa
Selvandran Rangiah, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Abstract

Early rapid access to the vascular system is essential in emergencies and is lifesaving. In this article, we will provide information on the common sites used, the equipment that is required, the indications and contraindications for intraosseous line insertion, how to correctly and safely do the procedure, medication that can be administered, post insertion line management and possible complications. This is a lifesaving procedure and primary healthcare physicians should acquire this skill.

Keywords

intraosseous line; primary healthcare physician; children; resuscitation; intra vascular access

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