Peripheral vascular access for the administration of intravenous (IV) therapy and blood sampling is one of the most common everyday procedures in healthcare. Over 90% of hospitalised patients may require a peripheral cannula to deliver IV therapy (Lamperti and Pattruti, 2013).

Yet, the impact of not choosing the right site in the right vein with the right vascular access device (VAD) can be extremely detrimental in terms of healthcare costs, patient care and patient experience.

Before any peripheral vascular access procedure is attempted, every patient should be assessed:

  1. in light of their current condition and likely future treatment
  2. to identify the right vein to use for the treatment required
  3. to identify the right site on that vein for access.

Applying this approach can help to: