AccuVein® Vein Finder: The First Handheld, Non-Contact Vein Visualization Solution
What is Vein Visualization?
Vein visualization is an innovative technology that assists healthcare professionals with finding the best veins for IV starts and blood draws. Also known as vein mapping, this technology creates a real-time visual “map” of the veins on the surface of the skin.
How Does the Technology Work?
Vein visualization (also known as vein illumination) uses Near-infrared (NIR) imaging for detecting veins. This proven technology enables accurate visualization of the veins under the skin.
The AccuVein employs two safe barcode-scanner class lasers: an invisible infrared and a visible red.
The two lasers work in tandem to provide a real-time image of the subcutaneous vasculature up to 10mm deep. First, the hemoglobin in the blood absorbs the infrared light, so there is a reduced amount of light reflection from the veins. Then, a custom detection system uses this change in reflection to determine vein location and pattern, which it digitally projects on the surface of the skin. Lastly, the green laser makes the vein mapping visible to the clinician.
The result is a visual projection that has center line accuracy of less than the width of a human hair. Independent studies show that the AccuVein® vein detection device improves first stick success by 98%!
Read the clinical evidence here.
The AccuVein is the essential tool for safer and more efficient venipuncture procedures. It’s arguably unfair to subject patients to venipuncture procedures without it!
- Portable, comfortable and easy to use
- Effective for “hard sticks,” due to factors such as age, weight, skin tone, and dehydration
- Helps to locate and assess patent veins while avoiding valves and bifurcations
- Proven technology recommended by the Infusion Nurses Society (INS)
- Used as the Standard of Care in many hospitals
- Decreases discomfort and anxiety for patients (here’s an article about a facility that made it part of their effort to provide “ouchless” care to their young patients)