Venepuncture & IV Cannulation

This course will enable participants to develop the theoretical and practical skills required to gain competence in venipuncture and peripheral IV cannulation. The workshop is predominantly practical and candidates have the opportunity to undergo supervised instruction and practice, using training manikins. On successful completion candidates are required to gain competency under clinical supervision within their own workplace.

We can adjust this face-to-face programme to suit the needs of the group and it can be complimented with a range of our online training courses.

General information:

Maximum no of course participants: 12

Course duration: 7 hours.

Note: These courses can be run as separate half day sessions.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Understand the legal and professional issues.
  • Understand venous anatomy and suitability of vessels for both venepuncture and cannulation.
  • Vein selection criteria.
  • Awareness of available equipment: vacuumed systems, ‘butterflies’.
  • Demonstration of safe and competent procedure.
  • Practical workshop – instruction, supervision, hints and tips.
  • Understand the common complications, e.g. haematoma, extravasation, needlestick injury etc.
  • Awareness of practical steps to minimise risks to the patient and member of staff.

Course content includes:

  • Overview of professional aspects of venepuncture and cannulation.
  • Overview of the venous anatomy of the human arm and leg and criteria for vein selection.
  • Equipment available - review of the common blood sampling / cannulation devices and safety devices available.
  • Practical techniques under expert supervision using the most up-to-date training manikins available.
  • Complications of venepuncture and cannulation.
  • Documentation and ongoing assessment of devices.
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