Peripheral Intravenous Cannulation

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CPD54m of CPD
First Published
Updated29 May 2023
Expires 29 May 2025
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

Peripheral intravenous cannulas (PIVCs) are one of the most frequently required devices for patients in the acute setting. These devices also have a high complication rate and require thoughtful care and maintenance.

This Ausmed Course provides learners with a practical guide to best practices for the process of peripheral intravenous cannulation, taking an in-depth look at how to safely execute each step of this process through both lectures and hands-on demonstrations.

  • Inserting a peripheral intravenous cannula (PIVC)
  • Vein and site selection
  • Aseptic technique
  • Patient preparation and education
  • Cannulation equipment
  • Troubleshooting and complications

Around 70% of hospitalised patients require at least one peripheral intravenous cannula (PIVC) during their hospitalisation, making it one of the most commonly performed procedures in clinical settings. With an estimated 11 million patients admitted to hospitals in Australia during 2016-17, approximately 7.7 million Australians undergo this procedure each year.

In addition to this high prevalence, up to 69% of PIVCs are associated with complications, leading to up to 90% of PIVCs being removed before therapy is finished.

It is the challenge of the clinician to ensure best-practice techniques are consistently adhered to across the lifespan of a PIVC device in order to reduce complications, ensure patency of the PIVC, and achieve positive patient outcomes.


The purpose of this Ausmed Course is to provide a detailed and structured approach to best-practice peripheral intravenous cannulation in order to improve quality outcomes for patients and healthcare professionals in their practice.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand common clinical indications and relevant considerations for safely inserting a peripheral intravenous cannula.
  2. Describe the steps required to prepare for a peripheral intravenous cannulation procedure.
  3. Understand best practices for safely conducting a peripheral intravenous cannulation procedure.
  4. Apply knowledge in practise during a peripheral intravenous cannulation procedure.
  5. Describe key responsibilities during the immediate post-procedure period.
  6. Recognise and assess common complications and troubleshooting strategies relating to cannulation.
Target Audience

Nurses and other healthcare professionals looking to enhance their understanding of how to safely conduct the peripheral intravenous cannulation process, supplemental to their organisation’s training processes.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


Presented by
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Emily Matthews View profile
Emily Matthews works as a Clinical Nurse Educator and Clinical Nurse Specialist on the Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant ward at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She has been involved in the care of patients affected by cancer and haematological disorders for over 10 years and has a great passion of caring for patients and supporting nurses in this specialty area.
CPD time54m
First Published
Updated29 May 2023
29 May 2025
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
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