UKVHP Vessel assessment table - recommendations for vein location technology

The Use of Near Infrared Vein Location Technology in Improving Outcomes in Peripheral Vascular Access

The UK Vessel Health and Preservation Framework recommends the use of vein location technology to aid in the assessment and location of veins in patients with poor visible vascular structure.

In response to this recommendation, Andrew Barton, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Vascular Access and IV-Therapy from Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK has carried out a study at Frimley Park Hospital in the UK, which evaluated the use of the IV-eye vein visualisation device on 60 patients requiring venepuncture or cannulation.

The Use of Near Infrared Vein Location Technology in Improving Outcomes in Peripheral Vascular Access

The IV-eye was able to locate veins on 95% of the patients included in the study, with 52% of these patients known to have difficult to access vessels. Therefore, concluding that the use of vein visualisation technology has the potential to improve clinical outcomes in peripheral vascular access practice.

His findings were exhibited as a poster presentation at the Association of Vascular Access (AVA) Annual Scientific Meeting 2016 in Florida, where Novarix also introduced the IV-eye to the US marketplace.

Click here to read the abstract.