Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot
Intravenous (IV) cannulation
Venflon (intravenous cannula, catheter, PVC peripheral venous access catheter or line) is a device made of plastic that is used for intravenous fluid administration. Venflon consists of two parts. The first is a thin flexible tube (cannula) usually made of plastic, which is intended inserted into a vein. The second part is a port used, for example, to connect syringes and drips or to sample blood. The venflon is inserted with a special needle, which is then removed, leaving only the cannula in the vessel. Depending on the size and condition of the patient’s blood vessels, different sizes of cannulas can be used – the outer tube diameter ranges from 0.6 to 1.7 mm. As a standard, the cannula should not be in the vein for more than 72 hours. Withholding increases the risk of complications such as infection and vasculitis. Over time, the diameter of the cannula becomes narrowed by the clot forming inside of it, making the cannula obstructed (cannulas containing a substance that prevents blood coagulation are also available). In some cases, for example, poor condition of the veins caused by chemotherapy, the cannula may remain in the vein until it becomes unobstructed and inflammation occurs. Improper insertion or operation of the cannula can lead to many dangerous complications e.g.:
Proper installation and operation of the cannula by a qualified person minimizes the risk of complications. We invite you to watch a short film in which we show how to put a cannula on the back of person’s hand.
|Type of service||Price|
|IV cannula placement||200 zł|
Vein detection device
Sometimes, even despite very extensive experience and excellent manual skills of our nurses, finding the right vein and gaining venous access (e.g. cannula insertion, taking blood samples, giving an injection) can be difficult. Performing a perfect puncture can be complicated in very young children, overweight people and people suffering from some forms of cancer. There are also patients in whom the vessels are simply hidden a little deeper, they cannot be seen or felt with the fingers, even with a tourniquet. In addition to anatomical factors, the stress or tension that accompanies some patients can also complicate venipuncture procedure. The task of our nurses is not only to perform the procedure perfectly, but above all to ensure the patient’s comfort and well-being. The first-class interpersonal skills of our nurses and the surroundings of patient’s own home usually reduce patient’s excitement to a minimum. Additionally, each of our nurses is equipped with an innovative IR vein detection device. The scanner emits monochrome infrared radiation which is absorbed by unoxidized hemoglobin in the veins. Thanks to this device, it is possible to visualize the course of veins, distinguish them from arteries and perform puncture in very demanding individuals.