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New Device at LifeBridge Health Centers Makes Drawing Blood, Administering IVs Less of an Ordeal for Patients
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Northwest Hospital and Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, LifeBridge Health centers, have begun use of a revolutionary new device that makes drawing blood and inserting IVs a less painful experience for patients.
The AccuVein AV300 is a small, lightweight, handheld device that “paints” veins in a high-visibility pattern using infrared light. The device is held seven inches above a patient’s veins, and, when a button is pressed, the red light is projected over the area to conspicuously highlight veins below the skin’s surface.
According to Sinai advanced practice nurse Michelle Salmon, R.N., M.S.N., ACNP, C.N.S.-B.C., the AV300 has proven to be a welcome tool for both hospital personnel and patients, “Finding a vein can sometimes be a challenge, but this device makes it much easier. Our patients think it is great. They are intrigued to see how their veins show up under the light.”
To see Salmon demonstrate the AccuVein AV300, click here.
LifeBridge Health is one of the largest, most comprehensive providers of health services in northwest Baltimore. LifeBridge Health includes Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, Courtland Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and related subsidiaries and affiliates. For more information, visit www.lifebridgehealth.org.