Clinical DIMENSIONUltrasound-Assisted Drug Delivery for Treatment of Venous Thrombosis A Case StudyMarchiondo, Kathleen MSN, RN, CMSRN; Frink, Amber BSN, RNAuthor Information Kathleen Marchiondo, MSN, RN, CMSRN, taught advanced medical-surgical and critical care nursing in the bachelor of science in nursing program at the University of Central Missouri in Kansas City at the time this article was written. She has more than 20 years experience in critical care and medical-surgical nursing and has been a nurse educator for 18 years. Amber Frink, BSN, RN, was a senior nursing student at the time this article was written. The case in the article is based on a patient for whom she cared during her critical care rotation. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Kathleen Marchiondo, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Western Michigan University Bronson School of Nursing, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49001 ([email protected]). Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: September 2008 - Volume 27 - Issue 5 - p 203-208 doi: 10.1097/01.DCC.0000325075.47670.8b Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Ultrasound-assisted drug delivery is a relatively new medical intervention that combines low-intensity ultrasound waves with infusion of a thrombolytic agent directly into a thrombosed vein. Studies have demonstrated that clots are eradicated faster, more completely, and with fewer bleeding events with the use of ultrasound-assisted drug delivery for treatment of deep vein thrombosis compared to that of traditional therapies. Critical care nurses are responsible for preprocedure assessment and teaching and continuous monitoring of the patient during therapy for effectiveness and potential complications. An advantage of this technology from a nursing perspective is the minimal amount of time required for monitoring the drug delivery system, allowing greater focus on patient assessment and care. Ultrasound-assisted drug delivery for the treatment of venous thrombosis is presented in this article as well as a case study, review of current therapies, and the role of the critical care nurse when caring for patients undergoing this procedure. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.