Long Term Care Facility Sees Improvement with AccuVein

St. James Rehabilitation and Healthcare is a top sub acute healthcare service, short-term rehabilitation and long term care facility in New York with 230 beds. Of the facility’s residents, 99% come directly from an acute care hospital and the average age of a resident at the facility is 83 years old.  These residents tend have…

Antecubital Fossa

Antecubital fossa, a great location to draw blood but not so great for IV placement.  Many times it can be difficult to find a suitable location for IV insertion.  In such cases some may think that putting the IV in the antecubital fossa may be a good option.  This may be true in the case…

Using AccuVein Near MRI

The AccuVein vein illumination device uses two moving mirrors to create its projection. These mirrors take the single laser spot and make the projection rectangle you’re familiar with. The laser is only pointing at one spot at any given time, but since it moves so fast, your eye sees it as a rectangle.  Since the…

IV Access Technique: Hooding

What is hooding you ask?  Hooding is an IV access technique where the catheter leads in entering the vessel as opposed to the needle.  This technique is used to possibly reduce the chance of potential puncture of the vessel wall. It was back when my healthcare system changed over to a new IV catheter that…

Patient Feedback

Many people are difficult sticks. Being in the healthcare business, we have all come across at least one friend, family member, or patient who has told us the story of their difficulty with venipuncture procedures and the pain of the bruises left behind. As healthcare professionals I can imagine the stress added when a patient…

Vein Illumination in Vascular Surgery

Locating veins is critical for many medical procedures that require vein access or avoidance. These procedures include IV starts, blood draw, sclerotherapy, general and cosmetic surgery. The AccuVein AV400 is the industry leading vein illumination device that facilitates locating peripheral vasculature by displaying a map of the vasculature directly on the patient’s skin. What are…

Pediatric Nursing and the Stress of Venipuncture

Nurses are known for being able to stay calm under pressure; but being a pediatric nurse requires additional patience. In addition to meeting the physical needs of their patients, pediatric nurses must also educate parents while keeping even the youngest of patients calm during sometimes-painful procedures. Venipuncture can be very distressing for children, and pediatric…

Possible Side Effects Cosmetic Injectables



“Face lifts” have become common cosmetic surgery procedures for patients who want to minimize the appearance of aging. Most cosmetic surgery procedures are safe and effective, however, there have been reports of paralysis of facial muscles and other problems due to complications from injectables, such as Botox. What Is Botox Migration? A rare but potentially…

Vascular Access in Bariatric Patients

The National Center for Health Statistics research found that 35.7% of American adults are obese. This means that approximately 1 out of every 3 Americans is classified as obese. Bariatric patients have a higher rate of numerous health risks such as gastrointestinal illnesses, cardiovascular disease and respiratory diseases just to name a few. All of…

Alabama Fire Department Equips their Ambulances with Vein Illumination

Hoover Alabama’s Fire Department has implemented vein illumination as a standard of care because they want to be on the cutting edge of EMS. “The department bought a dozen vein finders and will put one on each of the front-line engine companies and on each of the Fire Department’s three rescue units, Hambright said.” Read…