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Vein viewer to spare patients from multiple needle pricks

20-10-2017 07:00 AM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream

Vein viewer to spare patients from multiple needle pricks | My Indian Dream

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Sree Chitra Institute develops vein viewer

The Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram has developed a device which will spare patients from multiple needle pricks as doctors and nurses will be able to accurately spot a vein to inject drugs into it.

The vein viewer will provide the precise location of veins which are hidden under a layer of skin and are poorly visible to the naked eye. Dr. Asha Kishore, director of SCTIMST said, "Better ways of locating veins for injections has remained as an unmet clinical need for decades. A device for viewing the veins prior to injections can help healthcare professionals insert the needle accurately into the vein eliminating multiple pricks. In developed countries, it is a standard practice to locate veins using a vein viewer device for injection. But in our country, we do not use such methods due to high cost,"  

The Chitra vein viewer emits light in the near-infrared spectrum. Infrared light is absorbed by the blood vessels making the vein visible. The low-power near-infrared light causes no harm and is also recommended for medical use as per ISO standards.  

The clinical and engineering teams of the SCTIMST has developed and transferred the technology to a private company for commercial production. The device will come at an affordable cost as it is indigenously developed and manufactured.

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