It only takes a few minutes and involves the tiniest of scratches, but many of us dread getting blood tests. For people with veins that are hard to locate, itâ€™s an especially stressful experience and can involve multiple anxiety-inducing attempts with a needle.
Enter veinviewer, a marvel of technology developed by Memphis-based Christie Medical Holdings that helps medical staff aim their needles much more precisely.
The device can see as deep as 15mm into the patientâ€™s skin, and produces an image of whatâ€™s below by shining a near-infrared light.
The website states, â€ś VeinViewerÂ® is the only vein finder that can help you improve the total patient experience by reducing the number of sticks, potentiallyÂ improving intravenous catheter dwell times and avoiding associated complications.â€ť
The systemÂ not only allows doctors to find the best vein for each particular procedure, it also reduces further complications by determining the location of valves and bifurcations that need to be avoided.
Will this make you less stressed about getting a needle?