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5. Multiple bruises from multiple cannulation-I have the typical rubbish sclero veins, so often takes 4 or 5 attempts to get a cannula in and sometimes they only last a few hours before needing to be replaced. Other times however they last for 3 days. In my experience the nurses are far better at doing the cannulas than the junior doctors .

Good luck with the treatment



Shhhhhhh......I wasn't going to mention this bit, as I was hoping that there might be someone out there who is the exception to the rule !!


I ended up with four cannula sites over five days, with a number of unsuccessful attempts in-between. Lizzie's comment that the nurses are better at doing the cannulation than the doctors is quite correct - they are by FAR the more experienced in this procedure. However, at the Royal Free, I suspect that cannulation is a day to day part of the routine for most of the staff......unlike the general ward I found myself on !

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The Royal Free have a team that puts the cannulas in, well they did in 2007. The guy who put mine in made it totally painless and I had tight skin and no veins to speak of at the time. Maybe ask about this rather than wait and see who turns up on the day to put the cannula in, for sclerodrmians it's a legitimate concern.


Take care.

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