Venepuncture and Cannulation Training - eLearning

This course provides underpinning knowledge associated with best practice when performing safe and effective venepuncture and cannulation. It highlights the legal implications of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and their organisational policies regarding procedures and in doing so, promotes the safety and well-being of all patients who require venepuncture and cannulation.

Please note: this course provides the opportunity for simulated practical experience (in a controlled environment – i.e. within a health and social care setting) to assist with the development of competency in relation to venepuncture and cannulation skills.

£4.95 + VAT


By the end of the course, practitioners will be able to:

  • Discuss legal and professional responsibilities associated with performing venepuncture and cannulation
  • Describe the relevant anatomy and identify suitable veins
  • List indications and contraindications
  • Identify and discuss the range of equipment required
  • Understand the need to manage health & safety risk
  • Demonstrate practical ability in performing procedures, gaining good quality blood samples and managing site appropriately
  • Demonstrate correct procedures for minimising infection
  • Identify potential problems, describing how to prevent them and what necessary interventions are required should they occur


Course Content

  • Venepuncture definition and indications and rationale for best practice
  • Legal and professional considerations and responsibilities
  • Consent for care and treatment
  • Anatomy of blood vessels, potential sites and vein selection
  • Venepuncture contraindications
  • Methods for improving venous access
  • Infection control and safe use of sharps
  • Preparation and equipment
  • Correct management of blood samples – order of draw, inversions
  • Preventing haemolysis of samples
  • Venepuncture procedure
  • Possible problems – prevention and solutions
  • Cannulation – definition and purpose
  • Site choice
  • Device considerations
  • Equipment for cannulation
  • Procedure
  • Sodium chloride flushes
  • Cannula checks
  • Phlebitis
  • Infiltration
  • Extravasation
  • Thrombo-embolism