Venepuncture is the process of puncturing a vein with a needle.
Intravenous cannulation is the process of inserting a plastic tube into a peripheral vein in order to access the circulatory system. Both venepuncture and intravenous cannulation are extremely common in almost all healthcare settings..
In the context of primary health care, the rate of venepuncture continues to rise. Access to procedures requiring short term IV cannulas are also on the rise in primary health care. Whilst some Aboriginal health service clients have ready access to specialist phlebotomy services, many do not.
For any clinician required to perform these procedures, skill and competency must be developed and enhanced on an ongoing basis.
This module is one of a series of 5 on venepuncture and cannulation. The 5 modules are:
Caution: Prior to undertaking venepuncture and cannulations, clinicians should check local policies and access the appropriate practical training and competency assessments. Only those deemed competent should perform venepuncture or cannulation.
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At the end of this module participants will be able to: