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Intravenous Cannulation


Course Information

Intravenous Cannulation

This half-day workshop provides practitioners with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to safely insert peripheral vascular access devices (a cannula). The theoretical underpinning includes: awareness of professional conduct and accountability in the context of this skill, site selection, cannula gauge selection, potential complications during insertion, and care of the indwelling device. After the theoretical overview, students will be provided with a demonstration of the skill before having the opportunity to practice under direct supervision, on an appropriate training manikin. Following successful completion of this workshop students should undergo a period of supervised practice, by clinicians trained and experienced in this procedure, according to their own employers’ local policy.

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Course Date

19th March 2018

Course Fee

Course Description

The key theoretical principles associated with the safe insertion of a peripheral vascular access device (a cannula), including:

  • Accountability;
  • Site selection;
  • Cannula gauge selection;
  • Complications of insertion;
  • Equipment requirements.

In addition, you will learn how to perform the procedure of inserting a peripheral vascular access device and have the opportunity to practice this skill under supervision, using a manikin.