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Venepuncture: Phlebotomy and IV Cannula Insertion

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Venepuncture is a routine invasive procedure that involves puncturing a vein with a needle to gain venous access, either for phlebotomy (the collection of blood) or the provision of intravenous therapy. Correct technique and safe practice are essential in preventing harm to patients and staff.

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Venepuncture is a routine invasive procedure that involves puncturing a vein with a needle to gain venous access, either for phlebotomy (the collection of blood) or the provision of intravenous therapy. Typically, phlebotomy is used to retrieve a blood sample for laboratory testing, but it can also be used for donations or therapeutic reasons

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Karen White
26 Aug 2020
Very useful, clear and concise.
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Lorraine Shields
02 Oct 2021
Simple concise information that reminds us of the high risk procedure it is.
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Rosemarie Fuller
03 Sep 2020
A fantastic article, step my step how to guide. Clear and concise.
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Tahnee Blaby
22 Sep 2020
Good quick overview, not overly detailed but enough information as a starting point
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Sarah Somers
30 Aug 2020
This article was informative, direct and helped me to reinforce my learning.
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Marlene Irvine
02 Sep 2020
Easy to understand and very relevant.
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Kellie Sweeney
29 Sep 2021
Very informative.
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Erin Woodcock
11 Oct 2021
Very concise information and easy to read and understand
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Stephanie Lylak
03 Jan 2021
very good basic review of phlebotomy, with great hints and techniques for troubleshooting .
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Lila Pigliafiori
02 Nov 2022
Registered Nurse
This resource was detailed and educative. I feel satisfied knowing the sites to identify for venepuncture.
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