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Prehospital intravenous cannulation: reducing the risks and rate from inappropriate venous access by paramedics
  1. M Iqbal,
  2. S Banerjee,
  3. A Spaight,
  4. J Stephenson,
  5. A N Siriwardena
  1. East Midlands Ambulance Service, Nottingham, UK

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    Background

    Prehospital intravenous (IV) cannulation by paramedics is a key intervention which enables administration of fluids and drugs in the prehospital setting. Inappropriate use and poor technique of IV cannulation carry potential risks for patients such as pain and infection. Cannulation rates vary widely between paramedics and ambulance stations and rates have increased over the past decade. A baseline audit carried out in …

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