Venipuncture. More commonly known as blood work, or the process of drawing blood (generally for laboratory testing) is a commonly performed procedure today. However, it is often an absolute nightmare for many current and former IV drug users. Years of intravenous drug use can take its toll on a patients veins, often making it very difficult for healthcare professionals to easily identify a useable vein and successfully draw blood, especially on the first poke. But what if healthcare professionals were able view realtime digital imaging of a patients vasculature, detailed enough to identify flow, bifurcations and valves in a non-invasive way? A new piece of technology known as "VeinViewer" now makes it possible.
By K. Lanktree
- Freelance Writer -
- Blog Mistress -
- Former IV Drug User -
- Methadone Patient -
- Lover of all things Harm Reduction -
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