Safe vascular access | Association of Anaesthetists

Safe vascular access


Safe vascular access is integral to anaesthetic and critical care practice, but procedures are a frequent source of patient adverse events. Ensuring safe and effective approaches to vascular catheter insertion should be a priority for all practitioners. This guidance was created using reviews of current practice and literature, as well as expert opinion.  

The result is a consensus document which provides practical advice on the safe insertion and removal of vascular access devices, including: 

  • Peripheral venous cannulation 
  • Intra-osseus access 
  • Arterial access 
  • Insertion and removal of central venous catheters (CVCs) 
  • Infection control 
  • Use of in situ long-term devices 
  • Service provision for vascular access