A practical guide to venepuncture and blood sampling
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A practical guide to venepuncture and blood sampling

Katie Scales Consultant nurse critical care, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Charing Cross Hospital, London

This article provides an overview of the knowledge and skills required for peripheral venepuncture, including anatomy and physiology, psychological issues, consent, vein selection, infection control, venepuncture technique, sharps disposal and the prevention and management of complications. A period of supervision and assessment of competency is required to consolidate this theoretical knowledge, and practitioners should comply with the policies and procedures of their organisation.

Correspondence katie.scales@imperial.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 22, 29,29-36. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.03.22.29.29.c6436

Published in print: 26 March 2008

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