Reduction in Hospital Readmissions seen with Vein Illumination
Long Island, NY, January 28, 2014 – St. James Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, a top sub acute healthcare service, short-term rehabilitation and long term care facility today announced that AccuVein vein illumination has improved their outcomes and resident care. The AccuVein is the world’s only hand-held, non-contact vein illumination device. It highlights the patient’s vasculature on the skin’s surface in order to improve access to veins for IV starts and blood draw.
St. James has found that the AccuVein vein illumination reduces the incidence of hospital readmissions and avoids the need to call an outside agency to start IVs. Also, since purchasing the device, St. James has seen nurse confidence in venipuncture increase significantly.
Reducing hospital readmissions is more important than ever since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have begun penalizing hospitals for excessive readmission rates. Hospital readmissions can result from the inability to access veins to deliver critical medications to treat common ailments such as congestive heart failure, sepsis and urinary tract infections. Access to veins in sick and elderly residents is particularly challenging, as these individuals can easily become dehydrated and often have rolling veins.
“Since we began using the AccuVein device there is seldom a need to call out for help starting an IV. This is a big time and cost savings for us. And the nurses love it.” said Karen Irwin, MSN, RN, the Director of Nursing at St. James.
“We are seeing Long Term Care facilities everywhere embrace vein illumination as they recognize it as a cost savings modality and as an opportunity to improve resident care and reduce the rate of hospital readmissions,” said Daniel Delaney, AccuVein COO.
About St James Rehabilitation and Healthcare:
St. James Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center was founded in 1970 by a group of community physicians who wanted to ensure a continuum of quality care for their patients. St. James’ commitment to excellence has helped families throughout Long Island successfully face the challenge of caring for loved ones.
About AccuVein Inc.
AccuVein Inc. is a leader in medical imaging. AccuVein is the world’s only hand-held, non-contact vein illumination solution. It allows healthcare professionals to see a map of peripheral veins on the skin’s surface with the goal of accessing or avoiding veins. It is built on proprietary technology as embodied in its growing patent portfolio that covers a broad range of imaging and medical diagnostic technologies. AccuVein is in use at more than 3,000 facilities and available for sale in over 100 countries worldwide. To see a demonstration of AccuVein in action, please visit accuvein.com.