PRINCETON — Donors at Gibson General Health Foundation’s 2018 Mardi Gras Jazz Gala funded acquisition of a new AccuVein AV400 vein visualization system in use at the hospital.

The AccuVein device can improve first stick success and reduce patient pain, helping healthcare professionals locate the best veins for venipuncture by projecting a pattern of infrared light onto the patient’s skin to reveal the position of the underlying veins. The device is lightweight and portable and is simply pointed at the skin in the area of the needle stick.

Studies reveal that up to one third of attempts to access a vein fail the first time, creating unnecessary patient pain and discomfort. Improving first-stick attempts is a major goal for healthcare providers around the world. Even the most experienced healthcare professionals can have difficulty accessing veins safely and quickly the first time.

While this will be available for use on patients throughout the hospital, the patient care staff will find it especially helpful with pediatric patients, patients who are dehydrated, obese, have low body temperature, whose veins roll and those who have had frequent venipuncture during treatments.

The foundation purchased three AccuVein devices, which are being used in the hospital’s emergency room, fourth floor medical surgical unit and infusion therapy services, and in the lab's blood draw station.

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