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Published on July 12, 2016

Doctors use infrared to shed light on veins

When a patient has veins that are difficult to access, blood draws and IV starts can become painful for the patient and frustrating for clinical staff. New technology at UHS, called AccuVein, uses an infrared light to illuminate the veins on the skin surface so that vein access is accurate and fast on the first attempt.

Toni Nash, RN, manager of Nursing Education & Professional Practice at UHS, said many people have hard-to-reach veins, due to a variety of reasons, such as dehydration, obesity or dark skin tone. “Thanks to AccuVein, our staff are now reporting that, even in those difficult cases, we are able to start an IV with one stick. The technology is wonderful. It makes the patients happy because they experience less pain. And it saves time for the clinical staff. It has greatly reduced the number of times floor nurses must call shift supervisors for assistance on difficult draws,” she said.

One report from the UHS Wilson Emergency Department relates the story of a young child who was very distraught about undergoing tests and procedures. AccuVein made it easier and faster to draw his blood and the fascinating illumination technology helped distract him from his pain.

Tracy Tyler, RN, unit coordinator for Ambulatory Surgery, said AccuVein allows her staff to complete the IV start before sending the patient to Anesthesia prior to a procedure. “It’s a tool that gives us more confidence about accuracy. Even nurses who are very good at IV starts appreciate the advanced technology of AccuVein,” she said.

Erik Jones, director of Surgical Services at UHS, said AccuVein is available at many UHS locations, including UHS Wilson, UHS Binghamton General, the Ambulatory Surgery Center, UHS Senior Living at Ideal and several outpatient labs. “It’s been a team effort to roll out the use of AccuVein in so many locations. We had the ultimate cooperation from everyone
involved for the funding, training and implementation of the new technology,” he said. “It’s another example of our commitment to use every tool possible to improve patient care at UHS.”

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