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Portable Near Infrared Vein Finder




Why IV-eye®?

The difficulty healthcare professionals face when searching for the best vein for peripheral IV cannulation or venepuncture, and the resulting numbers of failed needle stick attempts is a real and increasing issue.

The IV-eye near infrared vein finder is designed to assist doctors and nurses in the identification, assessment and preservation of peripheral blood vessels by providing a real-time, clear image of a patient’s vascular structure.

Reducing the number of unsuccessful needle stick attempts should lead to a reduction in the related costs that arise from failed attempts (such as materials, staff time, escalation procedures, and delays in treatment) and result in better clinical outcomes and increased patient satisfaction.

The IV-eye near infrared vein finder

Simplicity: The IV-eye is easy to operate, requires no calibration and can be used with minimal training.

Portability: The IV-eye is a portable, lightweight, handheld device that is about the size of a smartphone.

Performance: The IV-eye uses directly applied near infrared (NIR) light and advanced digital processing to display a real-time image of the tissue and veins underneath the skin’s surface to depths of up to 10mm.*

* can vary from patient to patient

The IV-eye has been certified as meeting the requirements of Directive 93/42/EEC on Medical Devices, Annex II (excluding Section 4)

How the IV-eye near infrared vein finder operates

The IV-eye is placed flat on a patient’s peripheral limb (lower arm or back of hand) and uses near-infrared light to illuminate the skin and the subcutaneous tissue. The near infrared (NIR) light is transmitted by means of light emitting diodes (LEDs) in the flexible wings. The near infrared light penetrates the patient’s skin, is absorbed by the haemoglobin in the blood, and passes through the fat and other tissue surrounding a vein. The camera on the underside of the IV-eye captures an image of the blocked light and a digital processor creates an image of the underlying vascular structure. This is then shown on an LCD display situated on the top of the device.

The display has a red line down its centre, this is “lined up” with a suitable vein and a red laser index light is then projected onto the patient’s skin to indicate a suitable insertion point.

Explore the IV-eye near infrared vein finder

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Battery Compartment


LCD Display Screen


Power Button


LED Near Infrared Lights


Laser Index Light

Where is the IV-eye near infrared vein finder used?

These areas are where patients are most likely to be receiving IV Therapy and could benefit from the IV-eye near infrared vein finder.

Secondary care areas
General Surgical WardsThese wards use IV Therapy for fluid and electrolyte balance pre and post surgery.
General Medical WardsUse IV Therapy for fluid and electrolyte balance, and drug therapy regimes when patients may suffer fluid loss from conditions such as severe diarrhoea and vomiting.
Oncology UnitsWhere strict chemotherapy regimes must be adhered to.
Renal UnitsTo regulate sodium and water content of blood.
Cardiovascular UnitsTo regulate changes in blood volume.
Respiratory UnitsTo replace water loss
Endocrine UnitsWhere disease of the hypothalamus can lead to a disruption in fluid and electrolyte balance.
Stroke UnitsWhere the thirst reflex has been impaired.
OUT PATIENTS DEPARTMENTFor patients undergoing weekly/monthly drug therapy regimes.
ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCYUnits Patients have often suffered physical trauma, requiring surgery and blood transfusions.
OBSTETRICSThe management of pregnancy, labour and the care of the new mother.
ORTHOPAEDICSThe diagnosis and treatment, including surgery, of diseases and disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
Areas outside of secondary care
General SurgeriesBlood Collection
Home Nursinge.g. Chemotherapy delivered in a home environment
MidwivesThe management of pregnancy, labour and care of the new mother
Residential HealthcareGeneral treatment
PhlebotomyBlood collection


Disposable Cover

To meet infection control requirements, the IV-eye should only be used with a single-use disposable cover. This cover has been designed by Novarix specifically for the IV-eye to ensure ease of use and to maintain performance. The IV-eye is supplied with a box of 24 disposable covers as standard.

Carry case

The IV-eye has a dedicated carry case which is designed to keep the device safe and secure during storage and transportation. This is available as an optional extra. If you would like more information, please contact us.

IV-eye near infrared Vein finder Accessories


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