Intra-osseous access to the intravascular space has fast been developed for more general and adult use over the last five years. Innovation has been sped up by the experienced gained from military settings, including Afghanistan.
Whether you’ve become a seasoned EZIO user, or haven’t seen this before, the following videos may be handy to review/refresh what can make IO access more attractive than persevering for IV access. Having been issued with one of these myself, and had the occasion to use it on several occasions, it’s clear the the initial fear felt (including those watching who are unfamiliar with the process) is rapidly dissipated by the ease of use in severe cases, such as trauma or cardiac arrest situations.
BASICS Scotland responders are lucky to have the continuing support from the Sandpiper Trust, and if you are a regular responder for the Scottish Ambulance Service, you can apply to add one of these to your kit.