AccuVein has a Big Future in the NHS

Spectator Health article “Needling a vein can be torture for the doctor, too — this ‘magic torch’ is the answer”

Spectator Health recently published an online article by Dr Brian Campbell BA BM BCh FRCA, sharing his experience of the AccuVein AV400.

“It has always troubled me as a doctor that, before I can help a patient, I first have to hurt them. I am referring to the necessary needling of a vein somewhere on their body surface through which I can give life-saving or anaesthetic drugs, or draw blood samples.”

The AccuVein, in my opinion, is paradigm shifting technology, and deserves the widest advertisement.

To read the full story on the Spectator Health website – click here.

The problem of needling a vein

This article highlights a serious concern for many doctors and health practitioners – how to quickly and safely find a vein for injecting life-saving medication or anaesthetic, or for drawing a blood sample, with the minimum discomfort for the patient.

This can be a particularly distressing experience when the patient is a child, but is relevant for treating adults too.

There are many reasons why a vein can be hard to find. The patient may be anxious, dehydrated or have lost a lot of blood, all of which can cause veins to shrink. They may have had so many injections already that the veins have become unusable. Or simply that the veins are hidden by skin colour, tattoos or layers of fatty skin.

The solution – the AccuVein Av400

The AccuVein device uses infrared lasers to ‘map’ structures in the skin – up to 1cm deep – that contain sufficient red blood cells, such as veins.

It is able to do this because the haemoglobin in the blood absorbs the infrared light.

A camera in the device projects these structures as a red image onto the surface of the skin, as if illuminating the blood vessels beneath.

The practitioner can then locate the vein with precision, before inserting the needle.

The AccuVein has been proven effective, according to Dr Campbell, even for nervous patients of “many previous needlings”.

It can be used on any area of skin, and doesn’t need lengthy clinical trials.

AccuVein Av400 – the benefits for patients and practitioners

The AccuVein AV400 offers advantages for both patients and practitioners – in medical and cosmetic treatments.

For patients, it reduces delay and discomfort by making veins quicker and easier to locate, which also minimises the chance of bruising at the injection site.

Patient experience is further improved where there is less need for downtime following any medical or cosmetic procedure.

For practitioners, vein illumination with AccuVein’s breakthrough device means that many veins that might be otherwise undetectable without a vein locator, can be located and mapped on the patient’s skin.

The device is easy to learn and operate. It is ready for use immediately, without the need for adjustments or calibration.

Further benefits for practitioners of the AccuVein AV400 include:

  • portability – the hand-held device weighs only 10 ounces
  • hands-free option – the device can be placed in a wheeled, mobile stand, for hands-free use
  • no patient contact – as the device is designed to be non-contact, it may not have to be sterilised after each use
  • accuracy – the alignment gives accuracy to less than the width of a human hair
  • works in any level of light – you can use the device equally well in light or dark environments
  • rechargeable battery – the device doesn’t need to be plugged into an electrical outlet
  • viewing modes – as well as the standard viewing option, the AV400 has an inverse mode for enhancing the visibility of smaller veins
  • movement tolerant – the device shows the veins in real time and can accommodate patient movement.

More information

For more information about the AccuVein AV400, click here.