If you want to work in the medical sector, or you already work in this industry, it is important to know about the different training options that are out there. There are many different areas of medical training, and so there are lots of opportunities for you to advance your skill set and enhance your employability. In this blog post, we will focus on venepuncture training especially, so read on to discover more.
Venepuncture training is an important tool for any healthcare professional to have in their arsenal of capabilities. But what exactly is venepuncture and why is it used so often? In medical training, venepuncture (or venepuncture as it is sometimes called) is the process by which intravenous access to the body happens. In other words, it is how blood is taken from the veins of a patient.
Many different people are called upon to carry out blood sampling such as phlebotomists, paramedics, EMTs, medical laboratory workers, medical practitioners, and nursing staff – plus others. These people, therefore, should be trained in venepuncture.
How Are Venepuncture Courses For Medical Training Taught?
There are various ways that venepuncture training can be carried out. The easiest way to learn about venepuncture is to attend one of the varied venepuncture courses that can be found online via the likes of Bradley University Online or up and down the country. These courses are the best way to learn how to carry out this seemingly simple – yet difficult to master – medical technique. Many of the venipuncture class courses that you can register on will have a number of different ways of learning the venepuncture technique.
These include learning through workbooks (this should take up approximately one third of the course). These workbooks are designed to enable to learner to take their learning with them when they go out into the medical field to carry out the technique on a patient. By having a handy notebook of useful information nearby at all times, they will be able to refer to it when they need to, allowing them to gain confidence. Soon it won’t be needed at all, when more practice on patients is carried out.
Another third of the course should be a focused practical day in a classroom setting. This will be a full eight hours or so of learning and carrying out the procedure over and over again. By the end of this intensive day, the technique of venepuncture should come quite easily. The final third of the course will be practical assessments with real patients. This will be supervised by qualified professionals at work to ensure that the techniques have been mastered.
Who Would Benefit From Venepuncture And Cannulation Training?
Venepuncture and cannulation training is essential for healthcare professionals. Although members of the public can – and should – book themselves onto other medical training courses (such as CPR training, for example), this is not the case with a venipuncture course.
This is because it is a highly specialised and (once training is complete) highly skilled technique that only those qualified to do should carry out. This means that anyone wanting to enrol on a venepuncture course must be employed in a patient facing role as a healthcare professional. Another must is that anyone enrolling on a course such as this must also be able to access a supervisor at their workplace who can supervise them after the classroom based learning is completed.
Without this, only part of the course will be completed and full training will not have been given. This supervision should be arranged before the course begins to ensure that it will be available at the required time. Supervisors must be registered healthcare professionals. As to who would benefit, the list is a long one – anyone who carries out venepuncture procedures is eligible to register on a useful course such as this.
Not only will it make them quicker and more efficient at what they do, but it will also put patients at ease and make the procedure less painful (ideally). People such as district nurses, prison nurses, health care assistants, phlebotomists, and some GP surgery staff (as well as the GPs themselves) would benefit from a venepuncture course