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Vascular access: indications and implications for patient care

09 March 2005

Nursing Standard


This overview of the vascular access devices available for adult patients explains how careful selection and management of the device can minimise the complications...

Intraosseous approach to vascular access in adult resuscitation

09 July 2010

Emergency Nurse


Establishing vascular access is vital to maximise resuscitation in critically ill children and adults (LaRocco and Wang 2003), and failure can result in delays in...

Infusion therapy part one: minimising the risks

09 April 2008

Nursing Standard


The role of the nurse in infusion therapy has evolved with advances in vascular access technology and the variety of infusion devices available. With increasing...

Vascular device occlusion: causes, prevention and management

06 July 2011

Nursing Standard

Learning Zone

An increased requirement for vascular access to deliver therapies and treatments means that nurses need to have the knowledge and skills to insert vascular access...

Peripheral cannulae in oncology: nurses' confidence and patients' experiences

Cancer Nursing Practice

evidence & practice

The insertion and care of peripheral intravenous cannulae (PIVCs) is a role performed by clinical staff that is fundamental to oncology. Previous research indicates...

Vascular access devices: securement and dressings

01 September 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Many patients admitted to hospital will require a vascular access device (VAD). Insertion of VADs is often viewed as a routine procedure, with little attention given...

Infusion therapy part two: prevention and management of complications

16 April 2008

Nursing Standard


In the second of two articles, the author identifies common complications associated with intravenous (IV) therapy and discusses preventive measures. Part one,...

Correct use of chlorhexidine in intravenous practice

28 October 2009

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article reviews the routes by which microorganisms may contaminate vascular access devices, and examines the role of chlorhexidine in the prevention of...

Intraosseous access and adults in the emergency department

03 August 2011

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article examines the use of the intraosseous route for obtaining vascular access in adults. It discusses indications for intraosseous access, the techniques and...

How to insert a peripheral cannula

16 November 2016

Nursing Standard

Evidence & practice

Rationale and key points This article aims to assist practitioners to undertake the safe and effective insertion of a peripheral cannula. It provides information on...