Have you ever gone to a physician’s office to have blood drawn only to be stuck three or four times to hit a vein? Or, when receiving an IV, have clinician had to search for a good vein because you are dehydrated? Emory Johns Creek Hospital has added new, innovative technology that greatly decreases the number of attempts needed to find a good vein for needle placements, making the process of drawing blood, starting intravenous solutions and other procedures easier on both the patient and clinician.
The vein illuminating device, made by AccuVein Inc., uses a visible laser to show a map of veins on the surface of a patient’s skin, which allows the clinician to choose veins that will offer the greatest chance of success for needle placement on the first try. Since the vein finder does not make contact with the skin, it is painless and easy to clean. It is also effective on a range of skin tones. Clinicians can dock the device on an easy-to-position mobile stand when they need to work hands free.
According to Lisa Aiken, RN, MSN, Nurse Educator for the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department, Emory Johns Creek uses the vein finder in several areas of the hospital, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where veins in premature babies are very small and hard to find. It is also used in the Emergency Department and Outpatient Surgery.
Aiken explains that suitable veins are often more difficult to locate in patients who are dehydrated, overweight or diabetic. Veins are also harder to find in older patients, and Aiken adds, anxiety can make veins harder to find, which is often the case in people who are about to give blood or undergo a procedure. Though new to the hospital, Aiken says patients have already expressed appreciation and satisfaction with the new device.
For more information on this exciting new technology, please visit Emory Johns Creek Hospital at www.emoryjohnscreek.com or call 678-474-7000.