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AccuVein Handheld Device Makes Finding Veins Quick and Easy

Posted Sep 07 2011 10:31am
There’s a new device being used at Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital and Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital that is making it much easier for nurses to find veins in patients, and more enjoyable for children to get their blood drawn. The device is called the AccuVein AV300. It’s a small, lightweight, handheld device that “paints” veins in a high-visibility pattern using infrared light. How does it work? The device is held seven inches above a patient’s veins, and when a button is pressed, the red light is projected over the area to conspicuously highlight veins below the skin’s surface. Michelle demonstrates the AccuVein device on a patient. According to Sinai advanced practice nurse Michelle Salmon, R.N., M.S.N., ACNP, C.N.S.-B.C., the AV300 has proven to be a welcome tool for both hospital personnel and patients. “Finding a vein can sometimes be a challenge, but this device makes it much easier. Our patients think ...
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