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IV cannula site management

A CPD article enhanced John Paul Martin Esquillo’s knowledge of how to manage intravenous cannula sites safely and effectively.
Intravenous cannula

A CPD article enhanced John Paul Martin Esquillo’s knowledge of how to manage intravenous cannula sites safely and effectively

What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice?

The article discussed management of intravenous (IV) cannula sites, including cannula insertion, care of the device and potential complications related to cannula use.

What did you learn from the CPD activity, feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice?

The article outlined common reasons for inserting an IV cannula, which include: maintaining adequate hydration, administering IV medications, transfusing blood or blood products, and monitoring deteriorating patients.

It stated that common complications of IV cannulation are phlebitis, which is inflammation of the vein, infection, infiltration and extravasation. I learned that early signs of phlebitis include redness, pain and swelling at the IV cannulation

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