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VeinViewer Means No More Poking People Relentlessly to Locate Veins

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Sushi, Apr 20, 2015.

  1. Sushi

    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    http://www.industrytap.com/veinviewer-means-no-poking-people-relentlessly-locate-veins/27706
     
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    Ema Senior Member

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    It doesn't tell them the depth though so there still can be misses.

    They had this at the hospital where I got IVs regularly and the experienced nurses never bothered with it.
     
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  3. Sushi

    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    They can't see any veins at all except on my hands so maybe it could be helpful for someone like me? I go through the hot packs moved around my arms in the "vain" effort to find a vein.

    Sushi
     
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    I found that the hospital phlebotomists are good, but nurses and other techs do a lot of probing, or go for my hands. The ones in the dr's offices are the worst.

    One time a nurse couldn't even find my blood pressure.
     
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    I read that Ehlers–Danlos syndrome patients have a lot of trouble with people finding their veins. Is there such an association with ME/CFS? Mine are near-impossible to find.
     
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  6. Valentijn

    Valentijn The Diabolic Logic

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    It took most experienced nurses 3-4 tries on average (sometimes 6+) to get a cannula inserted for IV lines on me. And that was on the backs of my hands, usually after immersing them in warm water, where my veins are relatively visible.
     
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    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    I have EDS too. :(
     
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    Valentijn The Diabolic Logic

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    I probably do too, but have never gone for an official diagnosis. My legs bend backwards a bit at the knees, I can touch my thumbs to the forearm, and can place my palms flat on the ground with knees locked when bending forward.
     
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    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    That sound pretty conclusive! My parents could do all that too (as can I), which makes sense as it is inherited.

    Sushi
     
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    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    @Valentijn
    I cringe to remember all the "fun, bendy, twisty, contortionist games" our family played when I was a kid.

    Sushi
     
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    Gingergrrl Senior Member

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    I do not have EDS but it was almost impossible for a nurse to find the vein when I was having IV's in the hospital or later for saline.
     
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    Just had a blood draw. Got four veins but no blood each time. Drank lots, still no blood.

    Went back a few days later and they got 20 vials. After that I was freezing for a few days.
     
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