The Cost of Failed Attempts
Of all invasive medical procedures, venipuncture is the most common and these venipuncture attempts can fail. As a result:
- Intravenous therapy may not begin promptly;
- Surgeries can be delayed due to a lack of access;
- Physician intervention to access a difficult vein can erode productivity;
- Patients may endure unnecessary needlesticks and additional discomfort;
- Patients may bruise or develop a hematoma, requiring additional healing time without optimal placement of incision site or injection;
- Stress may increase for both patients and staff.
By using vein illumination with AccuVein’s breakthrough device, many veins that might be otherwise undetectable without a vein locator, can be located and mapped on the patient’s skin.
An Essential Tool
Venipuncture can be particularly challenging in many patients. Given this challenge we think you’ll find vein illumination with AccuVein’s breakthrough device as essential for venipuncture as a stethoscope is for examining the heart and lungs. The benefits of the device have become so evident that it has become the standard of care in many facilities. The device can be useful in a number of surgical settings such as general, vascular or cosmetic surgery. For more information on how the AccuVein vein locator can facilitate venipuncture and other procedures, please contact us at +1 (816) 997-9400.
Application In A Variety Of Surgical Procedures
In surgery centers keeping on schedule is a very important task. The use of vein illumination can help avoid delays by helping to reduce the number of sticks needed to gain IV access. In addition to using the device to locate, assess and access the vasculature for IV starts or blood draw, the device can also be used to avoid veins. Vein avoidance with surgical application can help reduce bruising, bleeding and improve patient satisfaction by allowing the surgeon to choose optimal incision sites. In fact, in Robotic Assisted Radical Prostatectomy (RARP) procedures, use of the AccuVein device was found to improve trocar placement and ultimately reduce the incidence of body wall hematomas.
Vein Locator Features
Features of vein illumination with AccuVein’s breakthrough device:
- Easy to learn and use – No pre-use calibration or adjustments are necessary- it can be used immediately.
- Small size –The device fits in your hand and weighs only 10 ounces.
- Hands-free option –In situations that require hands-free use, the device can be placed in a wheeled hands-free accessory or one that quickly attaches to a chair or bedrail.
- No patient contact –Because the device has been designed to be non-contact, sterilization after every use can be avoided.
- Works in light or dark –Use the device in light or darkly lit environments.
- Rechargeable battery –The device doesn’t need to be plugged into an electrical outlet.
- Movement tolerant –Because the device shows the veins in real time, when operated properly, the device can accommodate patient movement.
How Does It Work?
Hemoglobin in the blood absorbs infrared light. When the device is held above the skin, veins appear noticeably different than the surrounding tissue. The vasculature shows up clearly on the skin’s surface, aiding in vein location for access and avoidance.