Facing Challenges Starting an IV? You’re Not Alone.
Establishing intravenous (IV) access is an essential clinical skill that presents challenges for many medical professionals. With over 330 million peripheral IVs placed each year in the U.S. (source), IV therapy is one of the most prevalent treatments.
Starting an IV is a difficult skill requiring considerable practice. On average, it takes between two to three attempts to establish a patent peripheral IV site (source), and it’s been reported that difficult IV access occurs in ED patients 10% to 30% of the time. (source)
On patients with difficult venous access, finding a vein is challenging for even the most experienced nurse or doctor. Patients who are elderly, obese, dark-skinned, hypovolemic, have a history of IV drug use, or have chronic illness present unique problems to finding an appropriate vein to start an IV.
A Clinically Proven IV Access Solution: AccuVein® Vein Finder
A difficult IV start creates frustration and anxiety for many nurses, who don’t want to cause additional discomfort and stress to the patient. Not to mention the additional time it takes to make several attempts or to find a colleague to give it a try.
Fortunately, there is a solution to alleviate the frustration, stress, and discomfort.
The AccuVein® AV400 Vein Finder is a portable device using vein visualization technology designed to help healthcare professionals locate and assess appropriate veins for safe and efficient IV access – even on patients with difficult venous access. This easy to use vein detection device has been shown to improve first stick success by 92%.
The AccuVein® AV400 Vein Finder facilitates the IV procedure and improves patient care.
Learn more about how the AccuVein® AV400 works.