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Cover image for lecture: How to Assess a Peripheral IV Cannula

Lecture Overview

In acute care settings where patients may be immunocompromised, preventing healthcare-associated infections is essential. If accessing a peripheral intravenous cannula is within your scope, this session provides an important refresher on the key aspects of assessing a peripheral IVC and how to recognise signs of infection. Come away feeling competent and confident in your ability with this expert address from Dr Gillian Ray-Barruel.


Portrait of Gillian Ray-Barruel
Gillian Ray-Barruel

Dr Gillian Ray-Barruel is a leading nursing and ICU researcher who coordinated the OMG Study, which recruited more than 40,000 patients with peripheral intravenous catheters globally. Gillian has extensive experience in vascular access devices research, critical care nursing, patient assessment, project management, medical writing and editing, and clinical trials coordination. Gillian is fully funded by a highly competitive Griffith University post-doctoral fellowship to improve assessment and action by bedside clinicians regarding the prevention of IV complications. See Educator Profile


82 Total Rating(s)
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Catherine Hill
27 Feb 2020

Very interesting numbers on how many pivcs are inserted every year!

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Allison Chafer
26 Feb 2020

This recourse was a benefit and explained really well. A good revision on IV Cannulas and preventing any infection and discomfort to my patient is important.

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Ann Simpson
12 Jan 2020

Well presented and informative as some procedures have changed and others need revision. It would have been helpful to actually see some of the pictures being presented on the screen, but overall, well done.

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bronwyn ann beecroft
19 Dec 2019


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Catherine Papadopoulos
11 Jul 2019

This was a good lecture as it did raise the issue of reactive rather than proactive and evidence based care. To think QLD health has got rid of the 24hr time frame for removal of ED cannulas years ago if they are in good working order and show no signs of phlebitis. This is not the case where I work. Yet olicy still says if put in at another healthcare facility we need to remove within 24 hours, perhaps more evidence could be provided to support this and if not available trials conducted to test if this is necessary. Unfortunately using 2015 policies is possibly quite old and perhaps more recent research and data could have been used for examples for current practice. The use of preloaded flushes I had not heard about, also not used where I work. A good reminder to assess, assess, assess.

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Sue Mortimer-Stent
06 Jun 2019

*Improvement required: 1.The lecturer is responsible for how to address barriers to achieving best practice, using her mnemone. For example,if there is a disconnect between policies and evidence based practice, as the presenter pointed out for example, at the Brisbane Hospital, it becomes her responsibility to explain to and guide the audience how overcome this. This nexus is one of the main places where practice routinely breaks down, and in this case where infection can arise. 2. Provision of visuals.No visuals, even though it was evident they were available for the live presentation. 3. Include better audio. The audience discussion is more effective if one can at least hear it.

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Kelly Braddock
01 Jun 2019

Very interesting.

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Kym Biggs
31 May 2019

I enjoyed this topic. Many valid points were mentioned and best practice approaches were discussed.

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Michelle McCloskey
28 May 2019

Very informative and practical common sense information that can be applied readily in my practice.

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Lydia Kelly
28 May 2019

Really good and relevant information.