Hate needles and want doctors to find the veins easily, ask them to use Vein Viewer
You will know if you’ve ever donated blood that even the most accomplished nurses and doctors can struggle to find the vein first time. It usually takes 3-4 tries and god forbid, more than that tries to find a vein perfect to draw blood. And you just lie there in agony, waiting for the ordeal to end.
That’s why hospitals across the US are now testing a new non-invasive vein imaging method which involves a device originally developed for phlebotomy. This unique device encapsulates a near ultraviolet vein image, develops it, and projects it onto the skin using green light in real time.
The machine is called Vein Viewer and read all about it below and a video of the machine in use on the last slide.
1 What is Vein Viewer?
VeinViewer is a handheld device that is designed by the Christie Medical Holdings company that uses near-infrared light to sense the position of a patient’s veins. It then proceeds to project them on the skin of the patient in real time helping doctors and nurses in injecting the needle at the precise place. Medical professionals have experience with a variety of needles, including the huber needle, so next time you’re panicking in the doctor’s office, keep this in mind and stay calm in the knowledge that they know precisely what they’re doing.
The medical system was designed by Memphis-based Company Christie Medical Holdings. “It shows a picture of your veins directly on your skin’s surface, hopefully saving you from the unnecessary pain of multiple needle stings,” said the company.
The device is attached to a flexible arm that can be rolled into position. This helps in keeping the device steady and easier for the medical professional to observe the patient’s arm.
2 How does it work?
It works by discharging near-infrared light, which is absorbed by haemoglobin present in the blood and then replicated by nearby tissue. The data is then processed digitally by the unit, and projected in real-time onto the skin.
This image delivers a precise image of the patient’s blood outline. It can see patterns up to 0.6 inches (15mm deep), and veins up to 0.4 inches (10mm) deep. A fine feature mode also grows the contrast in the image, giving more thorough vein formations. This allows a doctor or a nurse to find turns in a person’s veins, called bifurcations, and valves and inject the medicine in the proper place or the least painful vein to draw blood from.
The user is able take 200 stationary images of patient vasculature or the prearrangement of blood vessels in the body.
3 Advantages of Vein Viewer
“Only VeinViewer can provide pre, during and post-access benefits throughout the entire vascular access procedure,” said Christie’s president, George Pinho.
“It is also the only device of its kind that has been shown through clinical studies to increase both first-stick success and patient satisfaction by up to 100 per cent while reducing medically unnecessary [catheter] lines by over 30 percent.” he added.
There won’t be any error when the doctors and nurses jab you with a needle next time. Vein Viewer has been designed to locate veins inside a person’s arm or any part of the body and it uses harmless near-infrared light to do so. This device will keep the presumption part out of injecting someone with needles.
Also the light is completely painless but extremely correct, increasing both first-stick achievement and patient satisfaction.