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Intravenous Cannulation City Health

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Course overview

This Intravenous Cannulation module covers 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.

Course outcomes

Course outcomes

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.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Prerequisite knowledge

Practitioners (including dental nurses) who will be frequently involved in the insertion of peripheral vascular access devices and whose employer is able to provide the appropriate supervised practice following completion of this workshop.

English requirements

Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Assessment

Assessment

  • Pre-prepared lecture, to include:
    • Accountability;
    • Site selection;
    • Cannula gauge selection;
    • Complications at the point of insertion;
    • Care of the indwelling device;
  • Question and answers;
  • Demonstration of skills with narrative;
  • Supervised practice;
  • On-going assessment.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Bowden, T. (2010) Peripheral cannulation: a practical guide. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. 5 (3) p124-131

Dougherty, L., Lamb, J. (2008) Intravenous therapy in nursing practice. 2nd Ed. Blackwell publishing. Oxford.

Greenstein, B (2009) Trounce’s clinical pharmacology for nurses. 18th Ed. Churchill Livingstone.

Hudman, L., Bodenham, A. (2013) Practical aspects of long-term venous access. Continuing Education in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain. 13 (1) 6-11

Kelly, L. (2008) The care of vascular access devices in community care. British Journal of Community Nursing. 13 (5), 198-205

Loveday, H, Wilson, J, Pratt, R, Golsorkhi, M, Tingle, A, Bak, J, Browne, J, Prieto, J, Wilcox, M (2014) epic3: National Evidence-Based Guidelines for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections in NHS Hospitals in England. Journal of Hospital Infection 86S1, S1-S70

McKay, G., Reid, L., Walters, M. (2010). Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. 8th Ed. Wiley-Blackwell. West Sussex.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (2010) Standards for medicines management. NMC. London

Ogston-Tuck, S. (2012) Intravenous therapy: guidance on devices, management and care. British Journal of Community Nursing. 17 (10), 474-484

Royal College of Nursing. (2010) Standards for infusion therapy. 3rd Ed. RCN. London

Scales, K. (2010) Central venous access devices: Part 2 for intermediate and long-term use. British Journal of Nursing. 19 (5), S20-S25 Tripathi, R., Rooney, K. (2011) Policy for intravenous administration of medication: adults and children. East London Foundation NHS Trust

Module leaders

  • Duncan Smith

    Duncan was appointed Lecturer in Adult Nursing at City University London in August 2014. Prior to this appointment Duncan worked as a critical care outreach nurse.

    Duncan completed an undergraduate Master of Nursing degree at the University of Nottingham. He also holds an MSc in Cardio-respiratory nursing from Imperial ...

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