VeinViewer Now In First Hospital
The VeinViewer, a spectacularly cool device for "vein contrast enhancement", is now in use throughout the Memphis-based Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system.
(The author's veins visualized by VeinViewer at NextFest 2006)
VeinViewer uses an infra-red camera to highlight blood and then projects the image onto the skin. This way, nurses and physicians can find veins easily and avoid that unpleasant multiple needle stick problem that we health care users dislike so much.
"There are no risks or side-effects involved - only benefits," explained Dr. Saltzman. "It's non-invasive, no heat is involved and there is no direct patient contact. Kids like it because they think it's cool. Parents like it because they know the procedure is not psychologically or physically stressful. Healthcare professionals like it because it provides an accurate target in real-time fashion."
Fans of writer Michael Crichton will recognize the automatic vein finder from his 1969 novel The Andromeda Strain. Crichton was himself a medical doctor.
This is the latest in my incredibly drawn-out series of articles on technologies presented at NextFest 2006, a technology exhibition presented almost six months ago (and yes, it's still futuristic!). At this rate, I'll still be writing articles by the time the next NextFest comes around.
See the other articles I've done at NextFest 2006 Devices, Stories And Pictures. This story via MedGadget.
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