New Technology for the Blood Service

In a world-first study, the Australian Red Cross Blood service is conducting research into the use of leading-edge technology to visualise blood donors’ veins during blood donation. For more information on this trial:

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+8 1. MazdaMadsen commented 5 years ago

This is not new, but it is big and chunky :(|)

We have been selling the same kind of device for a short period of years now from the company I work in as a biomedical technician:

The technology is the same as in pulse oximetry. The blood cells absorbs different amounts of light depending on its content of oxygen, infrared light in this case, and the infrared camera only sees the infrared light that bounces off the skin. The device then overlays a realtime image from a red laser projector on to the ski. Our device only has red light, but you can invert it.

Fun facts:

One of my colleagues has both his arms covered in tattoos, and it does not work on him. Maybe not so fun fact :(

Really cool fun fact: It can be used to read unopened mail. It can show the letters on the outside, but works best with large carracters. ::(|)
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+6 2. Jim777 commented 5 years ago

please send one to the British nurses, they poke me average 2-3 times on every blood test. last time even a doctor couldn't do it for the first time!
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+2 3. Judge-Jake commented 5 years ago

#2 Jim have you considered the possibility that they just do that to *iss you off. ;)
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+3 4. cameramaster commented 5 years ago

#2. Oh god yes!...I had to have two lots of surgery some years ago, the times they stuck needles in my hands to try and find a vein was unreal, I ended up black and blue on both hands, in the end they got an Oriental guy to do it...he managed it ( somehow ) without even touching my hand with his.
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+2 5. thundersnow commented 5 years ago

#1, we need one of those on our floor asap, struggling every day (even today!) attempting to insert peripheral access in people with very poor veins, love this device. Unfortunately our policies don't allow us to keep central lines in indefinitely, due to risk for hospital acquired blood stream infections. I guess Australia is a little ahead in the biomed department compared to the US, which doesn't surprise me...or their facilities are more willing to purchase devices like that. The only ones who have a similar device here are the specialty nurses who come on the floor to insert PICC lines, not sure if they use ultrasound or one like in this video. Bottom line we want one!!! And yes tattooed people are tough to stick to begin with, unless they're young guys with big visible veins, rarely found in our patient population. Thank you for a great video!