Intraosseous line insertion for the primary health care physician

Indiran Govender*, Henry I. Okonta, Olukayode Adeleke, Selvandran Rangiah

*Corresponding author for this work

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Early rapid access to the vascular system is essential in emergencies and is lifesaving. In this article, we will provide information on the common sites used, the equipment that is required, the indications and contraindications for intraosseous line insertion, how to correctly and safely do the procedure, medication that can be administered, post insertion line management and possible complications. This is a lifesaving procedure and primary healthcare physicians should acquire this skill.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbera5691
JournalSouth African Family Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • children
  • intra vascular access
  • intraosseous line
  • primary healthcare physician
  • resuscitation


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