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Peripheral cannulation

Lisa Dougherty Nurse consultant, Intravenous therapy, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey

This article focuses on how to undertake peripheral cannulation by providing the theoretical basis for understanding the anatomy of veins, how to improve venous access and choosing a suitable vein and device. It also provides a practical guide of how to insert a cannula safely as well as prevention and management of complications during and following insertion.

Correspondence lisa.dougherty@rmh.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 22, 52,49-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.09.22.52.49.c6650

Published in print: 03 September 2008

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review