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THE IV-EYE
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                                        HOW IT OPERATES

The IV-eye is placed flat on a patientís peripheral limb (lower arm or back of hand) and uses near-infrared light to illuminate the skin and the subcutaneous tissue. The near-infrared light is transmitted by means of light emitting diodes (LEDs) in the flexible wings. The near-infrared light penetrates the patientís skin, is absorbed by the haemoglobin in the blood, and passes through the fat and other tissue surrounding a vein. The camera on the underside of the IV-eye captures an image of the blocked light and a digital processor creates an image of the underlying vascular structure. This is then shown an on an LCD display situated on the top of the device.

The display has a red line down its centre, this is ďlined upĒ with a suitable vein and a red laser light is then projected onto the patientís skin to indicate a suitable insertion point.
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                               BACKGROUND

The difficulty clinicians face when searching for a suitable vein to cannulate and the resulting numbers of failed stick attempts is a real and increasing issue. Novarix has developed the IV-eye vein imager that is designed to assist doctors and nurses in the identification of peripheral blood vessels through providing a real-time image of a patientís vascular structure.

Reducing the number of unsuccessful cannulation attempts should lead to a reduction in the related costs that arise from failed attempts (such as materials, staff time, escalation procedures, and delays in treatment) and result in better clinical outcome and increased patient satisfaction.
Portable Infra-red Vein Imager
IV-eye product demonstration video