VeinViewer (Christie Digital Systems USA Inc.) for guiding venous access procedures in children

Record ID 32013000148
Authors' recommendations: Adequate vein viewing is an essential step for all procedures that require vascular access including collection of blood samples and placement of intravenous catheters. Typically, the optimal site for venous access is identified through a combined visual and tactile process. Factors that complicate vein viewing include dark skin, obesity, small vein diameter, disease processes, and peripheral vasoconstriction. Placement of an intravenous catheter in children requires, on average, 2.2 needle insertions and takes longer than 30 minutes to perform. The first attempt at inserting an intravenous catheter is successful in fewer than half of the children. Repeated needlesticks increase the risk of local complications and increase the pain and anxiety of the patient, which contribute to further difficulty in vein viewing and successful venous access. Also, difficult venous access increases costs because of the need for additional labor and supplies and an increased procedural time.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2012
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: United States
MeSH Terms
  • Child
  • Infant
  • Catheterization, Peripheral
Organisation Name: HAYES, Inc.
Contact Address: 157 S. Broad Street, Suite 200, Lansdale, PA 19446, USA. Tel: 215 855 0615; Fax: 215 855 5218
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Copyright: 2012 Winifred S. Hayes, Inc
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