Simulated cannulation training

Safety IV catheter

Intravenous literature: Wilfong, D.N., Falsetti, D.J., McKinnon, J.L., Daniel, L.H. and Wan, Q. (2011) The Effects of Virtual Intravenous and Patient Simulator Training Compared to the Traditional Approach of Teaching Nurses: A Research Project on Peripheral IV Catheter Insertion. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 34(1), p.55-62.


Teaching intravenous (IV) catheter insertion where nurses see one, do one, and teach one is standard protocol, yet it allows little opportunity for practice. This study assesses the effectiveness of using mannequins and simulators to train nurses. Participants were randomly assigned to an experimental or a control group for training, and afterward they completed an IV insertion survey for each peripheral IV they performed. There was a significant relationship between the number of IV insertion attempts and the type of training, Χ2 (1, N = 41) = 4.19, P = .041, Ï• = 0.32, and a significant difference in the number of IV insertion attempts between the 2 groups, U = 143, P = .043.

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