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IH81 Phlebotomy, cannulation and IV administration essentials

Course summary

This comprehensive 2 day workshop looks at both the theoretical and practical aspects of venepuncture, cannulation and IV drug adminstration. It is aimed at meeting the needs of nurses from community or acute settings who are new or who would like to refresh their knowledge and skills in these areas. By the end of the course participants will feel able to safely work towards competence in their own workplace.

Who should attend?

Acute care nurses
Community nurses
Allied health professionals such as paramedics


Course duration Course CPD In-house Course
2 day(s) 14 hour(s) POA

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Aims / objectives

  • Have a solid understanding of the indications and implications of venepuncture and cannulation
  • Be more competent at safe venepuncture and peripheral cannulation techniques
  • Have a firm grounding for working towards full competence of these procedures
  • Recognise possible complications and their appropriate management
  • To differentiate between peripheral and central venous access and types of devices for both
  • To describe theoretical and practical principles for preparing and administering IV therapy
  • To explore the professional, legal, and ethical issues of IV therapy

Course programme

Day 1- Venepuncture and Cannulation Skills

  • Indications for venepuncture and cannulation
  • Health and safety, infection control
  • Equipment type and choices
  • Anatomy overview, choice of site
  • Demonstration of the basics
  • Practical skills session
  • Red flags, complications
  • Dealing with difficult venepuncture
  • Dealing with difficult cannulation
  • More practice, practice, practice

Day 2- IV Therapy

  • Methods for delivering IV therapy (continuous, intermittent, bolus injection)
  • Central venous access devices
  • Preparation of IV therapy
  • Drug calculations
  • Drug compatibility and instability
  • Administration of IV therapy including pump devices
  • Nursing responsibilities for the IV site and maintaining line patency
  • Potential complications and problems associated with IV drug administration.
  • Implications for IV therapy delivery in the community/acute setting.
  • Professional, legal, and ethical issues of IV therapy

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