Venepuncture: best practice
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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.

Correspondence irene.lavery@luht.scot.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 19, 49,55-65. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.08.19.49.55.c3936

Published in print: 17 August 2005

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review