Performing venesection in a person with a learning disability
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Performing venesection in a person with a learning disability

Joanne Blair Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Why you should read this article:
  • To refresh your knowledge of the clinical aspects of venesection

  • To increase your awareness of how to make venesection a positive experience for service users

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

People with learning disabilities face challenges in accessing healthcare services, particularly testing, screening and monitoring, which means that common conditions are often missed. Like anyone, people with learning disabilities develop conditions that require diagnosis, assessment and monitoring through the laboratory analysis of blood samples, so learning disability nurses need to be skilled at performing venesection. Obtaining informed consent and preparing the person psychologically and emotionally for the procedure is as important to its success as getting the clinical aspects right. This article discusses venesection in people with learning disabilities, explaining how nurses can support them before, during and after the procedure and describing a step-by-step approach to performing venesection in a person with a learning disability.

Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2022.e2186

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

j.blair@qub.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Blair J (2022) Performing venesection in a person with a learning disability. Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2022.e2186

Published online: 23 June 2022

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