Nurse cannulation: introducing an advanced clinical skill: Bridget Hoctor describes how a project to train emergency nurses in cannulation skills has reduced the number of procedures undergone by patients

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SummaryMany patients admitted to emergency departments (EDs) require therapy delivered by cannula. Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Tipperary, used to run a system in which many patients had to endure two invasive procedures: on arrival their blood was taken by nurses and later they were cannulated by doctors. To reduce the number of procedures, ED nurses initiated a project to extend their skills to include cannulation. The new system of nurse cannulation at triage has also helped reduce waiting times.

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