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Neonatal and Paediatric Cannulation & IV Therapy City Health

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

One day course designed to train neonatal health professionals in the practical and theoretical principles of Neonatal IV Cannulation & Blood Sampling.

You will cover:

  • The Integument & Vascular Network
  • Body Fluids & Electrolytes
  • Pain theory, Pharmacology of Analgesia, Mathematical and Conceptual Calculation
  • Professional Accountability & Responsibility
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Intravenous Fluids & Drug Calculation and Cannulation Practice

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    Neonatal Nurse

Course outcomes

Course outcomes

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Cardiovascular system including veins and arteries
  • Fluid and electrolytes
  • Pain management
  • Accountability, Responsibility, Duty of Care-Ethico-legal aspects of Cannulation
  • Health and safety Issues and management
  • Cannulation Practice



Prerequisite knowledge

This course is appropriate for registered healthcare professional responsible for cannulation and IV therapy, working with babies and children.

Including neonatal trained nurses, nurses, doctors, ANNP's. Unfortunately HCA's are not eligible.

English requirements

Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English.



  • Pre-course Quiz
  • Cannulation practice
  • Completion of Competency in practice

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Bagnasco, A., Pezzi, E., Rosa, F., Fornonil, L. & Sasso, L.( 2012) "Distraction techniques in children during venipuncture: an Italian experience", Journal Of Preventive Medicine And Hygiene, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 44-48.

Basnet, S., Shrestha, L. & Shrestha, P.S. (2010) "Sucrose as an analgesic in relieving procedural pain in neonates", Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 325-331.

Berrington, J.E., Snowdon, C. & Fenton, A.C. (2010) "Parents' attitudes to neonatal research involving venepuncture", Clinical Ethics, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 148-155.

Harrison, D., Loughnan, P., Manias, E. & Johnston, L. (2009) "Analgesics Administered During Minor Painful Procedures in a Cohort of Hospitalized Infants: A Prospective Clinical Audit", Journal of Pain, vol. 10, no. 7, pp. 715-722.

Kapellou, O. (2011) "Blood sampling in infants (reducing pain and morbidity)", BMJ Clinical Evidence, vol. 2011.

Kapellou, O. (2009) "Blood sampling in infants (reducing pain and morbidity)", BMJ Clinical Evidence, vol. 2009.

Scherman, E., Johansson, L., Gradin, M., van, d.B. & Eriksson, M. (2014) "Procedural pain in neonates: Do nurses follow national guidelines? A survey to Swedish neonatal units", Journal of Neonatal Nursing, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 31-36.

Shah, V.S. & Ohlsson, A. (2011) "Venepuncture versus heel lance for blood sampling in term neonates", The Cochrane Database Of Systematic Reviews, , no. 10, pp. CD001452.

Spasojevic, S. & Bregun-doronjski, A. (2011) A simultaneous comparison of four neonatal pain scales in clinical settings.

Spasojevic, S. & Bregun-Doronjski, A. (2011) "A simultaneous comparison of four neonatal pain scales in clinical settings", The Journal Of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine: The Official Journal Of The European Association Of Perinatal Medicine, The Federation Of Asia And Oceania Perinatal Societies, The International Society Of Perinatal Obstetricians, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 590-594.