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Vein illumination device makes for easier blood draws

When it comes to dealing with small children, being quick, accurate and relatively painless is vital in providing the best care. That is why Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger has funded state-of-the-art equipment for the care of children like the AccuVein AV400.

The device illuminates the patient’s veins on the skin’s surface allowing caregivers better access to veins for IV starts and blood draws with less patient discomfort.

“This equipment is used for our youngest, smallest patients,” said Anne Wilver, senior clinic nurse for pediatric specialties ambulatory care. “It helps our nursing staff to visualize the tiny veins in pediatric patients so that they are able to rely on both sight and touch when starting an IV on patients.”

The device, priced at $4,693, is used several times a week and has proven to make a difference in patient satisfaction by allowing for less discomfort and fewer second sticks.

“By having Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger funds for this equipment, we were able to free up funds for other equipment which will serve a larger volume of patients.”