Venous Access & Blood Sampling Training

We offer a range of training courses under the topic of Venous Access & Blood Sampling and details on each are available below.

Central Venous Access Device

Length of course: 3 hours

Who is it for? Registered practitioners who are competent in IV drug administration and/or venepuncture.

Pre-course requirements: Candidates must have completed the IV Therapy Training and Assessment, and have undergone Green Card Training.

The candidate must have identified an assessor (or assessors) and have an agreement with their manager that opportunities will be made available for them to practice this skill, enabling them to become competent.

Candidates should have knowledge of major venous systems of the upper torso and the arms, and anatomy and physiology of the heart.

Candidates should be familiar with the North Bristol NHS Trust Central Venous Access Device Policy (internal intranet link).

Aim: To gain an overview of the nursing intervention needed to safely care for a patient with a central line.

For further information please contact Kim Clements, Staff Development Department, telephone 0117 4149248.

Cannulation Practical

Length of course: 3 hours

Who is it for? Staff who are required to cannulate their patients as stipulated in their job description.

Pre-course requirements: Candidates must read a complete a pre-course workbook and pass a theory based exam at beginning of the session.

Aim: By the end of the session participants will have the skills, knowledge and experience to undertake cannulation of the peripheral veins from the back of the hand to the ante-cubital fossa region safely and successfully.

For further information please contact Claire Meaddows, Staff Development Department, telephone 0117 4149271.

Venepuncture & Cannulation

Length of course: 4 hours

Who is it for? For staff who prefer to undertake self-directed learning with more time focused on the practical exercise in the training room.

It will also suit staff that have undergone this training before but have been out of practice.

Pre-course requirements: The candidate should have knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of veins.

Candidates should be familiar with the North Bristol NHS Trust Venepuncture Policy & Peripheral Venous Cannulation Policy (internal intranet links).

The candidate must have identified an assessor (or assessors), and have agreement with their manager that opportunity will be made available for them to practice this skills to enable them to become competent.

Aim: By the end of the session the participant will have the skills, knowledge and experience to undertake cannulation and blood sampling f the peripheral veins from the back of the hand to the ante-cubital fossa region safely and successfully.

For further information please contact Claire Meaddows, Staff Development Department, telephone 0117 4149271.

Venepuncture Practical

Length of course: 1.5 hours.

Who is it for? For staff preparing for the IV drug calculation test.

Pre-course requirements: Candidates must read a complete a pre-course workbook and pass a theory based exam at beginning of the session.

The candidate must have identified an assessor (or assessors), and have agreement with their manager that opportunity will be made available for them to practice this skills to enable them to become competent.

Aim: By the end of the session the participant will have the skills, knowledge and experience to undertake cannulation and blood sampling f the peripheral veins from the back of the hand to the ante-cubital fossa region safely and successfully.

For further information please contact Claire Meaddows, Staff Development Department, telephone 0117 4149271.