Vascular access: a guide to peripheral venous cannulation
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Vascular access: a guide to peripheral venous cannulation

Katie Scales Consultant nurse critical care, Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, Charing Cross Hospital, London, Royal College of Nursing Intravenous Therapy Forum Committee

This article provides an overview of the knowledge and skills required for peripheral venous cannulation, including anatomy and physiology, psychology, consent, vein selection, device selection, infection control, insertion technique, device securement, sharps’ disposal and the prevention and management of complications. A period of supervision and assessment of competency is required to consolidate this theoretical knowledge.

Nursing Standard. 19, 49,48-52. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.08.19.49.48.c3935

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kscales@hhnt.org

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review