“Ski Lift” Ultrasound Technique

December 28, 2010 by  
Filed under All Updates, ICU, Ultrasound

In Dr Jason Nomura’s excellent blog takeokun.com he describes his technique to assist in viewing the needle during in-plane ultrasound guidance for vascular access.

The technique is described as follows:

  • Obtain a sagittal view of the target vessel
  • Stabilize the transducer and brace your hand. Then rock the probe to elevate the proximal section.
  • Place the needle in the center of the probe (usually at the case seam) and under the probe footprint.
  • Stop rocking the probe so the entire surface is again contacting the skin, the needle tip should be immediately visible.
  • Advance the needle to the target vessel

Click the image below to go to the site and the demonstration video:

The “Ski Lift”: A Technique to Maximize Needle Visualization with the Long-axis Approach for Ultrasound-guided Vascular Access
Acad Emerg Med. 2010 Jul;17(7):e83-4


One Response to ““Ski Lift” Ultrasound Technique”

  1. James F on January 2nd, 2011 15:46

    It works!
    Just tried it, cheers Cliff.