What is intraosseous infusion?
When establishing an intravenous line in an infant is very difficult or impossible, IO infusion is a technique used to create a non-collapsible point of entry and gain vascular access.
Long bones have marrow cavities (aka medullary cavities) made up of venous sinusoids, which are irregular blood vessel structures forming a spongy network. These sinusoids in the marrow cavity drain into a central venous canal which then drains into the main circulation system.
There are many sites containing marrow which have the potential for intraosseous infusion. In infants, the preferred site is the proximal tibia.
The absorption rate from intraosseous and intravenous access is comparable. IO access is more common in pre-hospital settings.
Realistic medical training manikins and equipment for IO insertion and more
TruCorp training manikins allow for lifelike practice in a wide range of lifesaving techniques including:
- Airway management
- Difficult airway management
- IV insertion
- Ultrasound-guided vascular access
- Chest tube insertion
- Needle decompression of tension pneumothorax
We also offer a patient monitor simulator which can be used alongside a training manikin to integrate clinical decision-making and other skills.