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New Device Helps Nurses Locate Veins Easily, Illuminates Them In Green
By Wan Munirah, 10 Nov 2014
If you dread the idea of being poked multiple times with the needle during an injection because the nurse could not seem to find your vein, fret not.
The Australian Red Cross is testing out a new portable, handheld device that scans your arm with “near-infrared” technology and projects an illuminated map of your veins directly on your skin, allowing nurses to locate them easily.
In an interview with CNET, Dr Dan Waller, senior researcher of the trial, said: “Veins have a lot of deoxygenated haemoglobin that absorbs near infrared light, and the device is able to use this information to project the image.”
Through their “world-first” trial, which will be tested on 300 first-time and 600 returning blood donors in Sydney, the Australian Red Cross hope to find out if this device can help donors feel less anxious during the procedure.
Check out the video below to find out how this awesome device works—you may find yourself wishing for it to accompany you during your next jab.
[via CNET, images via YouTube screenshots]
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