Venepuncture: best practice
Irene Lavery Practice development facilitator, Western General Hospital
Paula Ingram Clinical skills co-ordinator, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Venepuncture is the introduction of a needle into a vein to obtain a blood sample for haematological, biochemical or bacteriological analysis. It is the most common invasive procedure undertaken in hospital. This article provides guidance on the theory and practice of venepuncture.
Nursing Standard. 19, 49,55-65. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.08.19.49.55.c3936
Published in print: 17 August 2005Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review