West Virginia Gazette
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Holding a small portable device over his arm, the veins under Nasser Larijani’s skin became visible to the naked eye.
AccuVein’s breakthrough device, which uses infrared technology to reveal the veins and blood flow beneath the skin, is one of the newest additions to Charleston Area Medical Center facilities, said Larijani, lab manager at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital.
The battery-powered device weighs about 10 ounces, and lab technicians or nursing staff simply hold the device over a patient’s hand or arm to locate a vein for an IV or to draw blood, Larijani said.
“It’s minimally invasive and very easy to use,” said Dr. Kathleen Mimnagh, CAMC clinical director for medicine and family practices.
It reduces unnecessary pain for patients who may have to endure multiple sticks, and boosts staff confidence in their ability to locate a vein on the first try, Mimnagh said.
“We love it, and the patients love it,” Mimnagh said.
CAMC purchased 25 vein illumination devices last summer.
“I’m a mom and I have kids, and I had to suffer in another hospital when my son needed to have some blood work done,” Mimnagh said. “They stuck him so many times, I finally said, ‘No, you can’t stick him anymore.'”
Experiences like these make people afraid of needles and wary of going to the doctor’s office, Mimnagh said.
Anything a hospital can do to lessen the trauma and unnecessary pain, especially in young children, is worth the extra expense and effort, she said.
Several medical facilities across West Virginia have purchased the vein illumination devices, including Cabell Huntington Hospital, Raleigh Regional Cancer Center and the Martinsburg VA Hospital.
By Veronica Nett