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Venepuncture: best practice

17 August 2005

Nursing Standard


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...

A practical guide to venepuncture and blood sampling

26 March 2008

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article provides an overview of the knowledge and skills required for peripheral venepuncture, including anatomy and physiology, psychological issues, consent,...

Preventing, identifying and treating hepatitis C

08 January 2019

Nursing Standard

gastrointestinal care

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that, if left untreated, can result in significant liver damage and cancer. Most individuals are unaware that they have been...

Hepatitis C nightmare

18 October 2005

Nursing Standard


Sustaining a needlestick injury resulted in nurse Dianne Wright contracting hepatitis C infection in 2003. Despite 24 weeks of gruelling treatment, she continued to...