Locating difficult veins for venepuncture and cannulation
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Locating difficult veins for venepuncture and cannulation

Sally Jane Shaw Clinical skills trainer, VIP Venepuncture and Cannulation Training, Warwickshire, England

Vein location and assessment are essential to improve the success rates for vascular access. However, problems remain with first attempt success rates for peripheral cannulation and locating difficult veins. Practitioners may not be aware of developments in technology and aids to assist in the location and assessment of veins to achieve vascular access. This article provides an overview of two vein location aids that can be used to locate difficult veins: the IV-eye vein imager and the Vacuderm tourniquet. It discusses the patient factors that can increase the difficulty of vein assessment and location, and emphasises the importance of vessel health and preservation, and vein palpation. Practitioners should be experienced and skilled in the assessment of veins, and they are encouraged to revisit how they locate and assess veins.

Correspondence sally.shaw88@yahoo.co.uk

Nursing Standard. 31, 25,62-71. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10778

Received: 29 November 2016

Accepted: 08 December 2016

Published in print: 15 February 2017

Peer review

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

Conflict Of Interest

The author undertook some consultancy work for Novarix Ltd for four months in 2015. She provided training for Olberon on the Vacuderm to staff at the Royal Derby Hospital in January 2017