My first paramedic tutor shared a great tip with me once I added cannulation to my skillset: “keep everything organised”
He always kept a supply of so called “pommy packs” with him (yes, he is a “pom”); everything needed for cannulation in one handy wrap.
As a student learning cannulation, it took my mind off having to gather everything needed for the skill, thus enabling me to focus completely on the task at hand, and knowing I had not forgotten any crucial bit of gear.
Here’s what I do:
Grab a “Bluey”, a large sheet of plastic on one side and absorbent cloth on the other. I lay this under the cannulation site, saves the apologies and embarrassment of blood on patients furniture or carpets in case of drippage.
Fold a tissue – some cannulations can get messy!
Add your Tegaderm, or whatever else you use to secure the cannula
Add your favourite cannula sizes – I always had an 18 and 20 gauge needle with me, if I needed anything other sizes, they would be close by with the equipment.
Add alcohol swabs. Two, one for backup or particularly dirty patients (mechanics etc)
Saline and Syringe
Fold ‘er up on the sides…
…and roll again. Secure with a bit of sticky tape, or an elastic band. I wrapped a tourniquet around my pack, to have one handy.
Now, go ahead and make your own pommy pack, you’ll love them!