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Published on October 28, 2015

Rutland Regional Introduces Vein Illumination Technology to Make Needles Less Painful

accuvein close up imageryRutland Regional Medical Center recently added new vein illumination technology to help healthcare professionals locate veins for blood draws or intravenous injections. The AccuVein AV400 is a small, lightweight, handheld vein illumination device that projects a safe pattern of light on a patient’s skin that reveals the position of underlying veins. Eleven units have been added reinforcing Rutland Regional’s commitment to patient safety and comfort.

Even the most experienced healthcare professionals can have difficulty accessing veins safely and quickly the first time. The AccuVein units are available for use on adult and pediatric patients throughout the hospital. Vein illumination is especially useful for pediatric patients and those with difficult to locate veins that may occur from dehydration, obesity, low body temperature, lack of muscle and skin tone and veins that have been stuck multiple times such as those in patients with chronic conditions.

Venipuncture is the most common invasive medical procedure worldwide with an estimated 2.7 procedures conducted every day in the United States alone. Studies show that up to one third of these attempts to access a vein fail the first time, creating unnecessary patient discomfort as well as additional costs.

“At Rutland Regional we are focused on improving the patient experience,” said Carol Egan, Vice President, and Chief Nursing Officer. “The AccuVein system does not touch the patient and illuminates the arm so the veins are easy to see. While beneficial to our patients, the devices allow staff to provide efficient, cost-effective medical care with less waste of supplies.”

“Rutland Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a leader in quality clinical care and their adoption of vein illumination is further evidence of their commitment to patient safety and comfort,” said Ron Goldman, AccuVein CEO, “We are proud to be their vein illumination device of choice.

The AccuVein AV400 is about the size of a TV remote control and weighs less than 10 ounces. It helps locate even the most elusive veins and has been shown to increase first stick success and reduce patient pain. The light is harmless and painless, and highly accurate, according to the devices' manufacturers and medical professionals using the lightweight tools.
AccuVein is manufactured in the United States, and is available in more than three thousand facilities around the world.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Established in 1896, Rutland Regional is the second largest health care facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence, and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County.

Recently recognized in US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals to receive common care, Rutland Regional was the first hospital in Vermont to receive both the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence and Magnet Recognition® for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation. Rutland Regional has also been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures, honored with an “A” grade by The Leapfrog Group in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score and was named by Healthgrades among the top 10% in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety, and is the recipient of the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award and a 3-year recipient of the Patient Safety Excellence Award.

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