Trick of the Trade:
Use the angiocatheter INSTEAD of the long needle from the beginning of the procedure
Caution: The angiocatheter is a few millimeters shorter than the introducer needle and may not work for those with excessive soft tissue thickness or with long tunneled tracks (e.g. subclavian line).
This trick removes the extra step of needing to feed the angiocatheter over a wire and into the vessel. Thanks to Dr. Jeff Wiswell (EM resident at Mayo Clinic) for submitting the modification to this trick!