By the end of postgraduate training, using a patient-centred approach and appropriate selectivity, a resident, considering the patient’s cultural and gender contexts, will be able to...
My approach to peripheral venous access, be it for an adult, child, or infant, is derived from Procedures Consult: Intravenous cannulation. This procedure is done both to obtain blood for investigations or to infuse IV fluids. It can be life-saving, and so contraindications (abnormal overlying skin, abnormality of the extremity, and infusions of substances that can be damaging to veins) really are relative contraindications. For these contraindications, it may warrant a poke in a central vessel instead.