Venous Access

This micro skills course looks at the basics of peripheral intravenous cannulation including the ideal sites for insertion, the size of cannula to use and the need for local anaesthetic. This micro skills course presents how to recognize arterial placement in a shocked patient and describes the techniques used in the cannulation of the shocked or difficult patient.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Royal College of Anaesthetists

What will I learn?

  1. By the end of this session you will be able to:
  2. Identify the appropriate sites for insertion of peripheral cannulae
  3. Select the ideal cannula size according to required flow
  4. Assess the need for local anaesthesia
  5. Detect arterial placement in shocked patients in an emergency
  6. State which anaesthetic drugs can cause problems if given intra-arterially
  7. Identify the techniques and steps to cannulate the shocked or difficult patient

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
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