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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}

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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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  • Contributors PR was the author of the script. AR was the coauthor and reviewer of the script. Both authors have frequently used this technique in the early stages of their training with great success.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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