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Published on August 11, 2015

Getting a clear view of the right veinGetting a clear view of the right vein

Anyone who has ever endured the discomfort of needle sticks while a healthcare provider searched for a suitable place to insert an intravenous drip or draw blood, will appreciate the AccuVein machine.

The free-standing, portable unit shines an infrared light onto the patient’s skin, giving a clear view of where the veins are and giving nurses and other providers a clear view of where to insert the needle.

“A lot of our nurses were skeptical at first, but once they started using it, they loved it,” said Sue Abril, RN, nurse manager of the intensive care unit and cardiac care unit at Falmouth Hospital, which has four AccuVeins that are shared among all hospital units.

The AccuVein machines, which cost about $5,000 each, are easy to clean, light-weight, portable and can be pushed with one hand from room to room, she added.

“Our patients really love it, and some are now actually asking for it,” Abril added.

Abril found the AccuVein unit about one year ago, when she looked into what type of vein finding technology was out there. After first seeing a unit that fits on the head and shines the infrared light downward, she was glad to find the more sanitary and easier to use AccuVein, she said.

“A clear view of a patient’s veins, builds nurses’ confidence that they are finding the patient’s most accessible vein on the first try,” said Lori Jewett, RN, Vice President of Patient Care at the hospital. “It really improves a patient’s comfort level,” she said.