Intravenous procedures.

  • Film

About this work


A training film made for medical professionals about the different intravenous procedures in hospitals. The film uses a number of different techniques to illustrate the methods of providing fluids and taking blood using live action, graphics and animation. In the opening sequence, William Harvey's work is mentioned with a man walking to camera in slow-motion. The music is rather disconsonant. The nurse first of all prepares the needle pack. The interaction between the nurse and the doctor is dramatised with a patient, Mr Williams; he is reassured before he is cannulated. Certain patients are harder to cannulate than others; children, geriatrics, the obese and a patient who is laying prone. The narrator extolls the virtues of the butterfly needle; this type of needle is shown in cartoon form. The nurse and doctor then cannulate another patient, Miss Birch. An anaesthetised patient is cannulated using a venous catheter; the progress of the needle is shown in the arm via x-ray. Finally, with care the butterfly needle is removed.


UK : Halas & Batchelor, 197?

Physical description

1 film reel (19 min.) : sound; color

Copyright note

Halas & Batchelor


1 of 121 clinical cine films (1950s-80s) donated to the Wellcome Library by the former University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff University in 2013. The majority of the films were created by the college as part of their teaching activities with most dating from between 1950-80. There are a few earlier examples of films from elsewhere from the 1930s which were in distribution and were collected by the university.
Film is completely magenta and going acetic. Stored in Fridge B.

Creator/production credits

Abbott Laboratories assisted by Department of Anaesthetics, University of Manchester. Halas & Batchelor.



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