5. Vein Selection

  1. Sarah Phillips1,
  2. Mary Collins2 and
  3. Lisa Dougherty OBE3
  1. Barbara Witt

Published Online: 23 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393231.ch5

Venepuncture and Cannulation

Venepuncture and Cannulation

How to Cite

Witt, B. (2011) Vein Selection, in Venepuncture and Cannulation (eds S. Phillips, M. Collins and L. Dougherty OBE), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393231.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Vein Train Ltd, London, UK

  2. 2

    Imperial College, Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK

  3. 3

    The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Author Information

  1. The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405148603

Online ISBN: 9781444393231



  • vein selection;
  • practitioners, vital role in ensuring - procedures, as venepuncture and cannulation are performed safely, efficiently and pain free as possible;
  • methods of vein selection - two key aspects, in selecting a suitable vein, being visual inspection and palpation;
  • visual inspection, prior to applying tourniquet to arms - practitioner to visually assess suitability of arm;
  • intact skin, acting as barrier against infection - insertion of intravenous device, breaching continuity of the skin;
  • improving venous access;
  • tourniquet application - distension of veins, sample of blood taken, or when a cannula is being inserted;
  • location of veins;
  • factors affecting choice - for venepuncture and cannulation;
  • venepuncture and cannulation in neonates and children - by skilled and experienced practitioners


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Introduction

  • Methods of Vein Selection

  • Improving Venous Access

  • Vein Selection

  • Factors that may Affect Choice for Venepuncture and Cannulation

  • Conclusion

  • References