We are raising money this hour for another Vein Viewer for the hospital. Last year, Miracle Makers helped us purchase a Vein Viewer for Diagnostic Imaging and it has been so well used and in demand by other departments that there is a need for a second one.
The device costs $18,200. Unit 2 needs one. We need 85 Miracle Makers to buy one.
•The Vein Viewer is used as a visual tool to help nurses start IVs for children with small or hard-to-find veins. The IV’s are required to give intravenous contrasting agents and anesthetic to kids for MRI and CT scans.
•Often nurses/technicians see patients whose veins are not easily visible either because their skin is a darker colour or their veins are small. Many treatments done here at ACH take a toll on patients’ veins and they become very fragile. Because of this, it can take multiple attempts to find a vein for an IV. This is both uncomfortable and time-consuming for the patient. Parents often find it difficult to watch their child go through yet another procedure.
•The Vein Viewer is composed of a near-infared light that highlights the vein directly on the patient. The technology provides a clear and accurate view of vein patterns in real time.
•Diagnostic Imaging team asked for one last year and it was purchased thanks to Radiothon listeners during an equipment power hour.
•Since the Vein Viewer arrived at the hospital, it has been in high demand by so many other departments, including Unit 2 which cares for many babies with tiny and difficult to find veins. It has been so useful throughout the hospital – on the units, Emergency, Pain Clinic, and in the ICU – that Diagnostic Imaging has had to create a lending system.
•Not only does it help nurses find veins to start IVs, and with blood taking, the “wow factor” of the real time images of the child’s veins acts as a distraction to what can sometimes be an uncomfortable procedure and eases the anticipation for the next time.