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Accountabilities when using ultrasound

What are my accountabilities when using ultrasound as part of my nursing assessment?

The Decisions About Procedures and Authority practice standard has a number of expectations for all nurse when applying ultrasound. These include:

  • having sufficient knowledge, skill and judgment to determine the appropriateness of performing the procedure
  • ensuring the rationale for performing the procedure is based on achieving the best outcomes for the client
  • identifying the required resources (present and future) to manage outcomes before performing a procedure
  • applying best judgment and appropriate authority to make and act on decisions during the procedure
  • ensuring the physical environment and access to equipment and other resources supports nurses in safely performing procedures

 Other standards and guidelines to review include, but are not limited to, Consent

Page last reviewed June 07, 2022