Technology Review (Advanvcements in Medical Technology)

Have you ever gone to the doctor’s office or hospital in need of blood work? Have you ever had the pleasure of being poked with a syringe multiple times because your veins seem to be giving false signs of containing enough blood to be drawn? If you have had this lovely experience, then this new laser beam will be more heavenly than music to your ears.

Willis-Knighton Health System has recently started using a new device called the AccuVein AV400 vein illumination system that will be beneficial for all nurses and patients when it comes to taking blood.

The AccuVein AV400 vein illumination system uses a beam of light that is projected onto a patient’s arm. The light will illuminate their peripheral veins, making it easier for healthcare professionals to find the patients’ veins. According to Medical News, ” up to one-third of attempts to access a vein fail[s] on the first time.” However the new light beam will reduce those numbers drastically, Georgia Stephens, MSN, RN and patient care coordinator for staff development, says that, “It illuminates the arm so the veins are easy to see. The AccuVein System does not touch the patient. Its use will enhance the comfort and safety of the patient and increase nursing efficiency.”

With a product so efficient its incredible to think that this new light could help patients and nurses. The ease of taking blood or trying to locate a vein will be so simple and relaxing. Patients that are usually nervous about needles will now have a new distraction that may calm them. The light will most likely fascinate them and take their attention away from any procedure pertaining to having a needle in their arm. The AccuVein System will provide an experience filled with fascination and unnecessary discomfort.

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