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Venepuncture Training

Venepuncture is a very common, and widely used medical facility. All over the UK, medical universities and institutions provide venepuncture courses and training to students who are interested to pursue this field as a career. Venepuncture is the most used process in medicine, which involves the puncturing of vein, in order to take blood for diagnostic procedures; inject nutrients, medications, chemotherapy, intravenous therapy etc. One can also say that the puncture of a vein for therapeutic or surgical purposes is known as venepuncture.

This speciality requires great skills to draw blood from veins. The procedure is complex, if carried out inaccurately; it may cause life threatening problems. Therefore a following set of rules are followed before puncturing veins, and drawing blood or injecting nutrients. A precise training is given to candidates up for this profession. The venepuncture training may even be designed for a fresh practitioner, or students pursuing this subject of healthcare. These trainings are planned and organized to improve the standard of patient care, and to take venepuncture to the degree of excellence. They are carried out in order to train and educate students and nurses about the exact art of phlebotomy and venepuncture.

Venepuncture training workshops and programmes take half a day’s time to complete the training processes. The course includes theory and practical sessions. Venepuncture training courses are for Healthcare assistants, phlebotomists and nurses in hospitals, primary care, the community  or nursing homes. The following are some features of the training courses provided by many institutions all over the UK:


  • Identification of equipments used in the procedure
  • Understanding of vein assessment
  • Understanding of venepuncture safety aspects
  • Knowledge of professional standards and codes of practice involved.


Following are some aspects of these courses higlightened below:

  • Understanding of venepuncture; importance and dangers
  • Understanding of the importance of venepuncture training
  • Knowledge about professional and legal issues
  • Anatomy and physiology of blood vessels
  • Vein assessment
  • Venepuncture techniques
  • Specimen collection techniques and methods
  • Potential and possible complications
  • Practical application
  • Personal hygiene
Training Procedure Step-b-step:

The whole procedure of venepuncture is complex and all the rules applying to it must be followed strictly. Firstly, before starting the whole procedure, candidates will be taught and guided to apply alcohol gel on their hands; ensuring self-hygiene. Following set of tasks must be done to ensure a good, efficient venepuncture:

  • Patients should be reassured before getting started
  • Positioning of the arm; accurate vein selection
  • Application of the tourniquet.
  • Usage of disposable, surgical gloves
  • Cleansing of the puncturing site .
  • Usage of needle and syringes; bottling of blood
  • Retraction of needle
  • Application of gauze; closing of the puncture requiste for hygiene
  • Methods for the disposal of needles, used guaze or wipes.


Courses are completed in a day’s, or half a day’s time, including both the theory and practical sessions.

Certification/Qualification Gained:

Candidates  get to have a certificate of attendance, at the end of course. It may prove helpful in one’s phlebotomy future.


They are no necessary qualifications needed for these courses, but a few good GCSEs may prove helpful.

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