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Marie was born with a heart condition that left one of her ventricles underdeveloped. She’s only 10 moths old and has already had two surgeries on her heart. She is followed by Cardiology specialists at the Alberta Children’s Hospital who use MRI scans to understand her anatomy and see exactly how her heart looks and works. Marie requires a sedative given through an IV to keep her from squirming during her scan and sometimes a dye given intravenously to help doctors determine plans for treatments.
But like many small children, Marie’s already tiny veins have been compromised from her IVs, blood draws and other procedures. Simply put, she has bad veins, so finding a vein for these much needed scans and procedures are difficult. They are so bad, even the most skilled nurses can sometimes have a hard time finding a vein. Aside from being unpleasant and uncomfortable, too many “pokes” is stressful for Marie, whose stress levels need to remain low with her heart condition.
Thankfully, because of incredible support of the 2015 Country 105 Caring for Kids Radiothon, the state-of-the-art Vein Viewer that Miracle Makers purchased for the hospital is making the process of getting much needed IVs and pokes more comfortable for babies like Marie. In September for her latest MRI, Marie needed an IV of contrasting agent to give doctors a clearer view of her heart’s tissues and vessels. When her nurses had trouble finding a good site, instead of poking her repeatedly, they decided to wheel out the Vein Viewer. Like magic, she was able to find a vein they could use. Thanks to the Vein Viewer, that minor IV helped plan a major surgery.
Thanks to generous supporters of the 2015 Caring for Kids Radiothon who purchased the Vein Viewer for the Diagnostic Imaging department, kids all around the hospital are benefitting from the innovative equipment. The Vein Viewer has been so successful and is in such high demand we hope to buy another for Unit 2 this Equipment Power Hour!