Venipuncture Level 3 – Theory

Overview
This venipuncture level 3 online theory training course is to provide the knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the veins and the techniques required for safe and effective venipuncture for the process of blood sampling.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Definition and Reasons for Blood Sampling
  • Legal and Professional Considerations
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Criteria for Vein Selection
  • Device Selection

The course is split into smaller sections, allowing your learning to be at a pace suitable for you. Once you have completed the online learning, you will be able to move on to complete a practical session and competency assessment within a supported training environment. The practical element is not included.

Definition and Reasons for Blood Sampling 
Within this section we will look at the definition of Venipuncture and some of the reasons why we take blood samples. We will also look at some of the common blood tests that are taken regularly.

Legal and Professional Considerations
Within this section, we will look at some of the main legal and professional issues that need to be considered before venipuncture takes place. These will include Competencies, Consent, Accurate record keeping and documentation.

Anatomy and Physiology 
Within this section, we will review the anatomy and physiology associated with venipuncture, including the main areas for blood sampling within the routine practice and which are limited to registered and non-registered nursing staff.

Criteria for Vein Selection 
Within this section, you will look at the criteria for selecting a vein for blood sampling as well as identifying the areas that you would be avoided if possible.

Device Selection 
Within this section, you will learn about the various devices that can be used for blood sampling and some of their advantages and disadvantages.