My name is Avery Dawson. I’m a super happy baby that got really unlucky and ended up with some nasty germ called botulism in my gut. As healthy as I was at that time, I would have died from this, but the amazing doctors at the University of Kentucky saved my life. They took incredible care of me,and my family and I are extremely grateful to them!

While there, though, I noticed something. As you can see from pictures I’m a VERY healthy girl. I only drink breast milk, but I prefer it by the gallon and my “beautiful rolls” made it hard to get IVs. Thankfully, the nurses were so skilled they were able to get one and save my life. However, they couldn’t get a second one (I knew I should have switched to skim). I was stabbed with a needle over 10 times in the attempt to get my first and second IV. That’s a bad day even without a paralyzing toxin floating through your blood stream!

Because they never could get the second line I had to have a central line placed, which put me at risk of getting a collapsed lung, infection, blood clots, and other problems.

This was very hard for my Dad to watch as he teaches ultrasound guided IV access and he and I are very familiar with the studies that show ultrasound guidance can increase success in difficult patients from 33% to 97% (Annals of EM is one of my favorite bedtime story journals). From a pediatric study (not as exciting as Annals, but a good way to fall asleep) my Dad told me how a prospective study showed that ultrasound guidance increases first stick success rates from 35% to 85% and decreased the number of sticks from 2.5 to 1 and average time from 420s to 63 seconds. Now, I know I’m only 7 months old and don’t know much, but it seems to me that I’d be worth the effort and I really like the idea of getting poked once instead of 2-3 times. And hey, looks like it saves you several minutes on average, which is time you could spend getting me some breast milk (mmmm, makes me hungry just saying the words).

Unfortunately, no one had taught the wonderful nurses who took care of me how to do this. So since teaching this is my Dad’s job I’ve convinced him to put on a FREE course to teach any and every nurse, doctor, or tech who wants to learn this skill. Being in the hospital and getting botulism really stinks, but maybe me getting it will mean that kids and patients everywhere get better care because you choose to learn how to do this.

If you want to learn this and be able to take gentler care of patients like me with less pain (needles hurt), just click the button below. I designed it myself…..





*Ann Emerg Med. 2005 Nov;46(5):456-61.
Ultrasonography-guided peripheral intravenous access versus
traditional approaches in patients with difficult intravenous access.
Costantino TG, Parikh AK, Satz WA, Fojtik JP.

*Paediatr Anaesth. 2012 May;22(5):449-54. doi:
10.1111/j.1460-9592.2012.03830.x. Epub 2012 Mar 12.
Ultrasound guidance allows faster peripheral IV cannulation in
children under 3 years of age with difficult venous access: a
prospective randomized study.
Benkhadra M, Collignon M, Fournel I, Oeuvrard C, Rollin P, Perrin M,
Volot F, Girard C.