US-based Pullman Regional Hospital has acquired new technology, Christie VeinViewer Vision2, as part of its focus on children’s health.

The technology is expected to make venipuncture easier and increase first stick success by up to 100%.

The technology will be helpful when drawing blood or inserting an IV on a child, which can be difficult for various reasons, including smaller veins, subcutaneous fat and greater elasticity of skin.

The technology can also be used on all patients, including adults who may have small or hard to find veins.

It is designed to decrease anxiety experienced by patients, parents and staff when drawing blood or starting an IV.

"The technology is expected to make venipuncture easier and increase first stick success by up to 100%."

According to reports, first time stick rates have increased from 31% to 83% using the technology. In one study, a hospital that started using VeinViewer more than doubled their patient satisfaction scores after one month.

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VeinViewer Vision2 uses harmless near-infrared light to detect patient veins and projects a real-time, high definition image of the vein pattern directly on the skin surface for providers to quickly find more options for accessing a patient’s veins.

The non-invasive, hands-free device is designed to be moved across hospital departments, such as the emergency department, laboratory, and medical / surgical units.

Christie Medical Holdings discovers, develops and commercialises medical technologies and its lead product, VeinViewer, allows healthcare providers to clearly see accessible vasculature as a real time HD image, directly on the surface of the skin.

Image: VeinViewer vein finder technology will be used as part of the hospital’s focus on children’s health. Photo: courtesy of Christie Medical Holdings.