New Technology means fewer pokes for ER Patients at McLaren


Ask anyone what their experience is like when visiting the emergency room. On the plus side, they may mention compassionate care. The downside? All the needle pokes. The medical staff can’t enjoy it either. From dehydrated patients to uncooperative veins, drawing blood is not an easy job 100 percent of the time, even for the highest skilled staff.

But new state-of-the-art technology at McLaren Greater Lansing is putting an end to so many pokes and helping nurses find veins faster and with more precision than ever before.McLaren Greater Lansing is now using the VeinViewer Vision2 to let caregivers get an inside view at a patient’s veins before picking up a needle.

“You’re not searching for a vein,” said registered nurse Taryn Hull, emergency department educator at McLaren Greater Lansing. “The VeinViewer helps us visualize veins of patients quicker and more accurately than just feeling for one.”

How does it work? The VeinViewer works without ever having to touch your skin, using only a near-infrared light to project a real-time, high-definition image of your veins directly onto any area of your body.

“The technology is safe to use on newborn babies, even on the small veins on their scalp,” said Hull. “It can be used on everyone from infants to the elderly.”

The VeinViewer gives personnel an unprecedented level of precision that is especially helpful for dehydrated patients, collapsed veins, small veins or veins that are harder to spot.

“Everyone is different, and every vein is different,” said Hull. “You can’t always see where a valve is in your veins, so it helps because you can hold your finger on a vein and see if it fills back up quickly.”

The new technology will be a great help to those with a fear of needles. The VeinViewer is peace of mind that the quick poke will likely be the only one they need while they’re in the emergency department, according to McLaren Hospital.

“We’re cutting down on the number of times we need to poke a patient,” said Hull. “We can use one needle poke for most of a patient’s lab work, so we’re already improving that number.”

Another plus? The VeinViewer can be wheeled to any spot, with a long arm that can extend to reach any spot on the body and instantly give a clear picture of what is just below the skin.  In fact, the device is so advanced it can even see deeper and smaller veins than similar imaging technology in the recent past.

“The VeinViewer gives us an opportunity to better serve our patients and better serve our community,” said Hull. “We want patients to be as happy as they can be when they come to the emergency department, and we’re proud to have technology that can make their stay a little bit easier.”




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