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Venepuncture and Cannulation

Sarah Phillips (Editor), Mary Collins (Editor), Lisa Dougherty (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-9322-4
320 pages
February 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Venepuncture and cannulation are the most commonly performed invasive procedures in the UK, and are everyday procedures in health care practice. Venepuncture and Cannulation is a practical guide to these procedures. It assumes no prior knowledge and equips nurses and other health professionals with the clinical skills and knowledge they need in order to confidently perform venepuncture and cannulation in both hospital and community settings.
  • Explores relevant anatomy and physiology
  • Covers education and training, as well as legal and ethical issues
  • Considers potential complications, and patient perspectives
  • Provides guidance on the selection of the appropriate vein and equipment, and common blood tests
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Introduction (Sarah Phillips and Mary Collins).

1 Legal and Professional Issues (Lorraine Hyde).

2 The Learning Experience (Sarah Phillips).

3 Anatomy and Physiology (Mary Collins).

4 Selection of Equipment (Mirjana Dojcinovska).

5 Vein Selection (Barbara Witt).

6 Infection Control and Risk Management (Sarah Hart).

7 Procedures for Venepuncture and Cannulation (Annie de Verteuil).

8 Complications (Wendy Morris).

9 Introduction to Routine Blood Tests, Normal Values and Relevance to Clinical Practice (Andrea Blay).

10 Patient's Perspective (Lisa Dougherty).




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Sara Phillips is lead nurse, Practice Education at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust.

Mary Collins is Lecturer Practitioner at St Mary's NHS Trust.

Lisa Dougherty is Nurse Consultant, Intravenous Therapy, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

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* Practical evidence-based guide which assumes no prior knowledge
* Provides nurses with the skills and knowledge to perform procedures safely and effectively
* Explores choice of vein and selection of appropriate equipment
* Addresses risk management , infection control and potential complications
* Examines common blood tests
* Includes clinical guidelines and real-life scenarios
* Provides an essential companion to ‘Intravenous therapy'
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"It provides a comprehensive overview of practice and underlying theory, integrated with details of patient experience." (Independent Nurse, 18 July 2011)


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