Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland: Safe vascular access 2016

Anaesthesia. 2016 May;71(5):573-85. doi: 10.1111/anae.13360. Epub 2016 Feb 17.


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. New technology such as ultrasound and other imaging has increased the number of tools available. This guidance was created using review 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.

Keywords: arterial cannulation; central venous catheterization; complication management; peripheral venous catheters; vascular access.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Coagulation Disorders / therapy
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / adverse effects
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / methods
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / standards
  • Catheterization, Peripheral / adverse effects
  • Catheterization, Peripheral / methods
  • Catheterization, Peripheral / standards
  • Child
  • Hospitals / standards
  • Humans
  • Ireland
  • Patient Safety
  • Ultrasonography, Interventional
  • United Kingdom
  • Vascular Access Devices / adverse effects
  • Vascular Access Devices / standards*