Are PICC Lines as Dangerous as CVCs?

A recent study has shown that Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters have the same risks of infection as Central Venous Catheters, click the link below to read the entire study.  It was thought prior that CVCs had a higher rate of infection than PICC so this is interesting news.  To lower the risk of Catheter Related…

What does your facility do when equipment goes down?

Many facilities do a combination of three things when equipment goes down at their facility. 1. Fix in house at biomedical 2. Send to a third party for repair 3. Send to manufacturer for repair “Many view sending equipment to the original manufacturer for repair as something of a last resort.”  At AccuVein we’ve made…

Complications of IV Therapy

Some of the complications of IV therapy include: Hematoma Hypersensitivity Infiltration Extravasation Phlebitis Infection These complications can range from very minor issues to serious injury so it is important to keep an eye on the patient after beginning the administration of  IV therapy.  Catching the issue early can lessen the risk of serious harm.  We…

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…