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A novel approach to facilitate peripheral venous access
  1. Partha Ray1,
  2. Arun Ray2
  1. 1 St George’s University Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2 Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, United Kingdome
  1. Correspondence to Mr. Partha Ray, St George’s University Hospital, London SW17 0QT, UK; partha.s.t.ray{at}googlemail.com

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Venepuncture and cannulation are routine procedures particularly perioperatively as well as within other inpatient and outpatient settings. Oftentimes, these tasks are left to the most junior members of a team. Obtaining a suitable vessel for venous access can be challenging even for the most experienced clinician.

A unique challenge with preoperative patients is peripheral vasoconstriction due to being fasted, (usually) dehydrated and with high anxiety levels, which further confounds the …

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