Peripheral Intravenous Cannulation (Peripheral Vascular Access Device) Training


Course Overview:

The "Peripheral Intravenous Cannulation (Peripheral Vascular Access Device) Training" course is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and practical skills needed to safely and effectively insert and manage peripheral intravenous (IV) cannulas for vascular access. This course is intended for nurses, medical personnel, and other healthcare practitioners involved in performing IV cannulation procedures.


Course Duration:

  • 1/2 day (4 hours)


Course Content:

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

Explain the theoretical principles underpinning the insertion of a peripheral vascular access device, including:

  • Awareness of safe and professional practice
  • Site selection
  • pVAD gauge selection
  • Care of the indwelling pVAD
  • Complications of pVAD insertion
  • Demonstrate, with the use of appropriate simulation equipment, the procedure for inserting a pVAD
  • Describe the need for ongoing supervision and consolidation in clinical practice.


Course Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of vascular access: Recognize the significance of proper peripheral IV catheter placement and management for patient care.
  • Learn about IV catheter types and selection: Familiarize yourself with different types of IV catheters, their indications, and considerations for selecting the appropriate size and gauge.
  • Acquire skills in IV catheter insertion: Develop hands-on skills in safely and aseptically inserting peripheral IV catheters, including proper site selection and technique.
  • Understand infection prevention and aseptic technique: Learn best practices for maintaining infection control during IV catheter insertion and management, including proper hand hygiene and sterile procedures.
  • Address complications and troubleshooting: Gain knowledge about potential complications such as infiltration, phlebitis, and occlusion, and learn strategies for early detection and management.
  • Master securement techniques: Learn different methods of securing IV catheters and dressings to prevent dislodgement and minimize the risk of infection.
  • Develop IV site assessment skills: Understand how to assess IV sites for signs of complications, infection, and patient comfort.
  • Ethical considerations and patient-centered care: Explore ethical issues related to patient autonomy, informed consent, and delivering care with empathy, respect, and dignity.


Assessment and Certification:

Participants will undergo practical skills assessments, written assessments, and scenario-based evaluations to evaluate their understanding and competence in peripheral IV cannulation and vascular access management. Successful completion will lead to a certification of achievement in "Peripheral Intravenous Cannulation and Vascular Access Management."