Imaging Modalities for Successful Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Insertions
Submitted by: Jay Haischer, MHA, RPA/RT, VA-BC
Registered Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging Technologist
According to the article published in the November 2013 issue of AVA Monthly Journal, SCVA, Inc.’s clinical staff recorded an astounding first attempt IV success rate of 95.8% during a 6-month period in 2013 utilizing a NIR vein visualization device called Veinsite Vein Imaging Device. The article further highlights the major contributor in achieving that level of success with difficult IV patients – visualization of the vein and identification of valve location with Veinsite. Additionally SCVA, Inc. describes how IR vein illumination is much less expensive and easier to use for non-imaging trained clinicians and how NIR has a significantly shorter learning curve, typically within 2 weeks. This provides for a quicker ROI, often less than 2 months. Reduction in waste of consumables, lower cost of the unit and maintenance of ownership are contributors.
SCVA, Inc. is an independent contract provider of vascular access services for numerous small hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and other medical facilities to provide vascular access service to patients who have had numerous attempted, unsuccessful IV insertions. With several near infrared units in the marketplace, the unit of choice for SCVA, based on numerous clinical and operational factors became Veinsite, manufactured by VueTek Scientific LLC of Gray, Maine.
Jay Haischer is a consultant for VueTek Scientific.