Finding a vein can challenge even the most seasoned healthcare professional; for those learning phlebotomy or IV insertions skills, learning how to find a vein can seem impossible.
Displaying Veins Beneath the Surface
Without knowing the exact location of veins, it can take months for students and trainees to develop the tactile sensitivity necessary to learn how to find a vein. Now a revolutionary instrument can make teaching and learning vein location for IV starts and blood draws faster and less frustrating. Just point AccuVein’s breakthrough device at the skin, and the veins are illuminated against the surrounding tissue. This can help students learn how to do venipuncture.
Don’t just take our word for it. The 5th Edition of Phlebotomy Essentials, a leading phlebotomy textbook, features the device, calling it, “a useful device that makes it easier to locate veins that are difficult to see or feel.”
An Ideal Teaching Tool for Learning How to Do Venipuncture
Vein illumination with AccuVein’s breakthrough device helps educators teach – and students learn – to locate veins suitable for venipuncture. Here’s how:
- Use the device to make the invisible visible, showing the location of veins beneath the surface of the skin. Then identify them by name, and explain which veins are best for venipuncture and IV insertion.
- Instruct students to palpate for the veins revealed by the device. Because their location is displayed, students will more quickly establish that tactile sensitivity so essential to the skill.
- Let students practice finding veins without the device, then test their speculation with the device. The result: instant validation of their developing skill.
- When practicing on other students or trainees, the handheld device quickly converts to a hands-free device.
Benefits of vein illumination with AccuVein’s breakthrough device
The device can assist with venous-access training with these important features:
- Easy to learn and use – Just point the device and click to see the location of veins beneath the skin.
- Portable – The device weighs only 10 ounces. Because it runs on a rechargeable battery, there’s no need to find an electrical outlet.
- Hand-held or hands-free options – The device can be held, set on its own wheeled stand, or attached to a chair or bedrail. Switching between these options is quick and easy.
- Non-contact – The device is non-contact, so there may be no need for sterilization of the device between patients.
- Works in light or dark – No need to darken the room as the device can be used in light as well as dark environments.
- Movement tolerant – The device can accommodate patient movement, when properly used, an important feature for those new learners for whom movement may be distracting.
- Useful with a variety of patients – The device can be helpful even with hard-to-find veins, so commonly encountered in geriatrics, obese patients, and those with dark skin.
Essential in the Classroom and the Clinical Setting for Helping to Teach How to Do Venipuncture
Once venous–access educators use the device in the classroom, being without it in the clinical setting will seem illogical. Whether teaching or performing venous access procedures, healthcare professionals will consider the device indispensible.
For more information on how vein illumination can help teach students how to find a vein, please contact us at +1 (816) 997-9400.
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