Pullman Regional Hospital recently acquired a new technology, VeinViewer Vision, designed to make inserting needles in to a patient’s vein much easier and to reduce the rate of multiple “sticks.”
As part of the hospital’s focus on children’s health, the technology will be particularly helpful when drawing blood or inserting an IV on a child, which can be difficult for a number of reasons, including smaller veins, subcutaneous fat and greater elasticity of skin. However, the technology can be used on all patients, including adults who may have small or hard to find veins.
The technology uses near-infrared light that hemoglobin in the blood absorbs and surrounding tissue reflects to create a digital image of a patient’s veins. It is described as providing a venous “road map” to complement the provider’s visual and tactile techniques for finding veins. The non-invasive, hands-free device is designed to move around beds and it is portable and on wheels so it can be moved throughout hospital departments, such as the Emergency Department, the Laboratory, and the Medical/Surgical units.
Statistics show that first time “stick rates” have increased from 31 percent to 83 percent using the technology (Christie Clinical Operations 2008). Patient satisfaction scores also improve. In one study a hospital that started using VeinViewer® more than doubled their patient satisfaction scores after one month.
Stacey Aggabao, R.N., director of the Emergency Department, brought the technology to Pullman Regional Hospital because “it dramatically decreases the anxiety experienced by patients, parents and staff when drawing blood or starting an IV.”