AccuVein – Advocate Article

AS the red light shines on to a patient's arm you can see the outline of their veins. While fascinating to look at, the AccuVein machine is highly useful for nurses allowing them to easily locate veins for procedures. The North West Regional Hospital has been using this $7000 machine in its oncology ward for the past six weeks, with the funds donated by the David Collins Leukaemia Foundation of Tasmania. "The machine allows us to clearly locate the veins which is necessary to administer chemotherapy," NWRH general manager Denise Parry said. "The needle is put into the vein and from here the medicine comes through an intravenous infusion." The vein used for chemotherapy is usually a larger one such as those located in the wrist area. Ms Parry said that it was often difficult to locate the veins in patients who were undergoing chemotherapy. "When your health is not good you might be a bit more fragile or you could be dehydrated and these factors can make chemotherapy difficult," she said. "Everyone is a bit different too, and some people's veins are much easier than others to locate." See your ad here Acting nurse unit manager Janine Griffin said that the machine was a comfort for nurses too. "It is reassuring as sometimes you just end up locating a vein by feel or knowledge if you can't see it, but it is nice to know the needle will go in the first go," she said. It took two years to raise the funds, with students from the Marist Regional College assisting the leukaemia foundation's efforts.