What is cannulation?

Intravenous (IV) cannulation is a technique in which a cannula is placed inside a vein to provide access.  This allows for samples of blood to be taken as well as the administration of fluids, medications,  nutrition, chemotherapy, and blood products.

Course purpose

Our cannulation course enables practioners to become proficient in performing the skill of cannulation safely.

Our trainers

All courses are delivered by experienced and qualified members of our Clinical Support Services Team.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at nurses, health care assistants and other health care professionals wishing to undertake this skill within their clinical duties.

Course objectives

On completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain what is a vein and their structure
  • Identify the veins associated with cannulation
  • Demonstrate the characteristics of a good and bad vein
  • Identify patient status that may affect undertaking the procedure
  • Identify adverse reactions to the procedure
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safer sharps and current legislation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to deal with sharps injuries
  • Demonstrate the correct technique for hand hygiene
  • Demonstrate the principles of aseptic non-touch techniques ( ANTT
  • Show an understanding of universal precautions associated with cannulisation
  • Explain professional accountability and implications to practice


The course runs from 13:00 - 15:00

All courses on offer by the Pathology Clinical Services Training Centre are delivered at our Clinical Skills Suite, Westbrook House,  3 The Oaks, Newmarket,  Suffolk  CB8 7XN

Our fees

Course fee is £110 per candidate.

We offer a flexible fee structure for larger groups of delegates attending a course from a single organisation and can provide training on site. Please contact us for further information on 01223 348903 

Course dates 2019

  • 04 October

Additional Info

On completion of the course candidates will receive a certificate of attendance and not that of competence.  A competence training package will be provided to use in candidates own area of work, where it is recommended that candidates are supervised by a suitable competent practitioner.  


For further information or for details of how to book your place, please contact:

Tel: 01223 348 903

Email: pathology-clinical-services@addenbrookes.nhs.uk


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