New technology at QEH a game changer for finding delicate veins – February 6, 2019

Tracey Hagan-O’Connor, RN, Vascular Access Coordinator for the QEH, left, and patient Wendy Poole, RN, demonstrate the power of the images in one of the newly purchased vein viewers. 

“As an RN for over 30 years and starting IVs on hundreds of people whose veins were challenging, this new vein viewer technology to see beneath the skin is truly remarkable,” says Wendy Poole, an RN at Souris Hospital.

Poole says she has witnessed the benefits both professionally and personally.

On a personal level, Wendy was recently diagnosed with cancer this past year and received chemotherapy at the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre at the QEH.

“During one of my visits, the new equipment was being trialed and nursing staff were able to achieve successful vein puncture on their first attempt on my own difficult access veins,” says Poole. “Now that I am back to work, I use this equipment regularly and this new technology is a game changer for nursing staff and their patients.” 

Tracey Hagan-O’Connor, RN, Vascular Access Coordinator for the QEH couldn’t agree more. 

“Patients who have experienced pain, discomfort or anxiety in the past while having their blood drawn or intravenous therapy inserted, are likely to be able to breathe a bit easier during their next appointment,” says Hagan-O’Connor. “It’s an excellent addition to our services.”

The equipment features a unique, high-powered light that displays a real time, high-definition image of veins beneath a patient’s skin that that may be invisible to the naked eye.

“These devices allow for intravenous access in a more timely, efficient and successful manner than with traditional methods,” says Hagan-O’Connor.

Patients who will mostly appreciate this new technology include anyone with veins that are small or difficult to access; those who have undergone repeated infusions, which may have resulted in collapsed veins; and, for both adults and children who find the experience a stressful one.

“We truly appreciate the donor support that allowed for four vein viewers to be purchased, at a total cost of $40,000, and are being utilized throughout the hospital.”

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