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.
Up to 80% of patients receive a peripheral venous access device during an in-hospital stay. Although historically a medical role, venepuncture and intravenous cannulation are now being carried out by a variety of healthcare professionals including nurses and midwives.
This module is one of a series of 5 on venepuncture and cannulation. The 5 modules are:
Prior to undertaking venepuncture and cannulation, nurses and midwives should check local policies and access the appropriate practical training and competency assessments. Only those deemed competent should perform venepuncture or cannulation.
At the end of this module participants will be able to: