Mechanism To Reduce Pain And Infiltrations For Chronic Kidney Disease Patients On Hemodialysis
Did you know that Venipuncture (puncture of a vein with a needle to withdraw blood) is the most common invasive medical procedure worldwide with an estimated 2.7 million procedures conducted every day in the United States alone, according to Willis-Knighton Health System? With over 500,000 Dialysis patients in the United States you can see how they make up a significant portion of those needing Venipuncture. Unfortunately studies have revealed that up to one third (1/3) of attempts to access a vein fail the first time, creating unnecessary patient pain and discomfort. New technology, however, can prevent this from occurring.
How many times have you been put on Dialysis and your Dialysis Patient Care Technician was unable to find your AV Fistula vein? Did they have to poke, prod and dig around? As you know a bad stick could lead to an infiltration causing severe pain and even damage your AV Fistula (Lifeline). Even the most experienced Patient Care Technicians can have difficulty accessing AV Fistula veins safely and quickly the first time. Hence, improving First-Stick attempts should be a major goal for Dialysis patients.
Near Infrared, handheld portable vein visualization scanners, can find the veins under a patient's skin and project a map onto the surface. This may seem like a scene out of a Sci-Fi thriller, but this technology is used right now by the Red Cross and even some Dialysis Clinics.
"This is what Dialysis centers need to help find exactly where to stick patients," one KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote. She may be exactly right. The idea is that by quickly and easily finding veins without the painful prodding it will make Dialysis less painful and reduce patient anxiety associated with treatments.
Nurse, Georgia Stephens (Patient Care Coordinator Willis-Knighton Medical Center) said, "This is going to be good for the nursing staff but even better for our patients." While the device does not touch the patient, it does increase comfort and safety. KidneyBuzz.com wants to bring this technology to the attention of Dialysis Clinics. Sign the below petition to show your support for the use of Near-Infrared vein mapping at your Dialysis Clinic and let your Friends and Family know so they can join the effort.
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