October 2009 JEMS Vol. 34 No. 10 – Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P
When paramedic students are taught how to achieve IV access, they’re told to look for a large vein fairly close to the surface of the skin. Seasoned paramedics have learned to “look” with their finger tips, knowing that many patients do not have easily visible large veins. The AccuVein AV300 eliminates the need for either of these techniques. The easy-to-use handheld device operates on the principle that hemoglobin has a different infrared signature than the surrounding tissues. This difference is sensed, illuminating the positions of the veins on the skin’s surface directly above the veins, allowing you to “see” the vasculature pattern in real time on the arm. Now you’ll know if the vein is straight or curves sharply just under the skin and make appropriate decisions on how to best accomplish IV insertion.
Weight: 10 oz.
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