Within today’s society, technology is booming, and even more so in the health industry. Many people opt out of giving blood due to the strenuous procedure you can sometimes be put through. However a Memphis-based company has released a system which creates a far simpler process to observe veins.
It is rather common for nurses and doctors to struggle to locate veins, ergo a measure to make this easier has been sought after for years and it is finally here! A near-infrared VeinViewer has been created. The device detects veins and then projects the image of them in real-time on top of the arm in order to help the medical worker know where to put the needle.
It provides a very precise image of the patient’s actual blood pattern. It can detect patterns up to 0.6 inches (15mm deep), and veins up to 0.4 inches (10mm) deep. It also posses a ‘fine detail mode’ which allows for an increase in the contrast of the image, which brings out more detailed vein formations. This makes it possible for nurses or doctors to find turns in a person’s vein, known as bifurcations, and valves.
There are two types of models: the VeinViewer Vision and the VeinViewer Flex. Vision offers HD imaging and exclusive Df² technology with optimal hands-free solutions. The difference between Viewer Flex and Vision is that the Flex is completely portable, whereas the Vision simply offers bedside mobility. The VeinViewer Flex is the brightest and only handheld vein illuminator that provides benefits for patients during the entire vascular access procedure. It is designed for durability and maximum portability. Flex is suited for hospital departments such as the Emergency Department and NICU where space requirements and speed of assessment demand an ultra-portable and reliable vein finder.
It is believed that this revelation will increase the number of blood donors, and more importantly young blood donors. The younger generations tend to be anxious at the thought of giving blood because a ‘sharp needle’ is involved and it can take several attempts in order for the nurse or the doctor to be successful. Hence, the VeinViewer will be able to eliminate these nerves.
The device is due to be tested on 900 blood donors at the Chatswood and Elizabeth Street Donor Centre in Sydney, this will include 300 new donors and 600 returning donors. The factors which will be analysed during this process are safety, cost and impact on the donor retention. Nurses and Doctors have thus far found the technology to be particularly useful in cases where the vein is not visible to the naked eye.
Below is a video explaining the newly founded VeinViewer:
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