Ultrasound phantoms, which allow you to simulate the musculature, tissue planes and vessels, afford new ultrasound learners the opportunity to practice IV placement without causing discomfort to the patient. This phantom will allow for the simulation of tissue planes and the look and feel of real human tissue. The Phantom will typically last 25-50 needle insertions. The cost of this model is about $10, the time to create, about 10 minutes. Click Here For Recipe
And if you are tired of always picking up a near-empty bottle of ultrasound gel.....make your own...as much as you need and only when you need it. This recipe from our friends over at the Journal of Special Operations Medicine describes the use of a dietary supplement powder to create a homemade ultrasound gel. One teaspoon yields a full bottle of gel, no cooking required, and the best part is that the image quality was validated as near equivalent to commercial gel!