If you've ever felt like a pincushion while giving blood or getting
an IV started, relief is here.
Torrance Memorial has acquired the AccuVein AV400 vein visualization system.
The device has been shown to improve first stick success and reduce patient
pain. The system is designed to help health care professionals locate
the best vein for venipuncture. Simply point the lightweight, portable
device at the skin and click to display the peripheral veins beneath.
Venipuncture is the most common invasive medical procedure worldwide with
an estimated 2.7 million procedures conducted every day in the United
States alone. Studies reveal up to one third of attempts to access a vein
fail the first time, creating unnecessary patient pain and discomfort.
Improving first-stick attempts is a major goal for health care providers
around the world.
The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) now recom-mends the use of vein visualization
technology in their newly released 2016 Standards of Practice. The INS
Standards state, “Vascular visualization technology is employed
to increase the success with peripheral cannulation and decrease the need
for central vascular access device.”
Even the most experienced healthcare professionals can have difficulty
accessing veins safely and quickly the first time. While this will be
available for use on patients throughout the hospital, the patient care
staff will find it especially helpful with pediatric patients, patients
who are dehydrated, obese, have low body temperature, whose veins roll
and those who have had frequent venipuncture during treatments.