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Seeing veins through technology

Nursing and laboratory professionals use latest devices with patients

Seeing veins through technology

Patients who require lab work or IVs at our hospital may notice new high-tech machines to help locate their veins. The Chicago Shriners Hospital recently added AccuVein vein visualization technology.

The two devices, nicknamed “Vinnie” and “Vito”, can aid health care professionals in finding a good vein for venipuncture. To use them, staff hold the device above the skin, turn on the AccuVein machine and the veins are illuminated in a red light for IV placements and blood draws.

This device can be helpful for patients like Yadira, who have a brittle bone disorder called osteogenesis imperfecta. When these patients come to the hospital for infusion therapy, they require a tourniquet that is looser than for patients with typical bones. Maureen Tavarez, RN, used AccuVein for Yadira’s recent IV placement. “Sometimes you feel the vein and it is not necessarily a good vein. It can be thinner than it is. With the vein viewer you see the thickness of the veins.”

Diane D. Cotsilis, BA, MLT ASCP, laboratory manager at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago helped our hospital secure the new machines. Cotsilis said AccuVein provides a hands-free option that shows veins in real-time, and they work in light or dark conditions.

The reaction from nursing and laboratory staff has been very positive. Kathleen Nebril, MT, a medical technologist in the hospital lab said she finds it helpful when veins may be difficult to locate. “For those few patients where you have neither sight nor feel it is helpful,” she said.

Nebril said patients enjoy the chance to see their own veins through the device. “The kids really like it. We try to take an unpleasant experience and make it something cool.”

Maureen Tavarez, RN using Accuvein on a patient Yadira, a patient, receives an IV using AccuVein at Shriners Hospitals for Children  — Chicago.

Pictured (top right): Maureen Tavarez, RN, uses AccuVein at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago.2018

Pictured (above): Allison Goldstein, B.S., CCLS, certified child life specialist, plays a game with patient Yadira while a nurse prepares for her IV;  Yadira receives an IV using AccuVein at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago.