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Technology Helps Prevent Mesothelioma Patients’ Needle Stick Pain

Needle sticks are a constant fact of life for any patient who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma. From the time that you first seek a diagnosis from your family doctor and seemingly every day after that, you will be asked to submit your arm to the probing and pricking of needles. In some cases these are to facilitate blood draws and in other cases they are for infusions and intravenous treatments. In almost all instances they are uncomfortable at best, excruciating at worst. But now a new technology has been introduced that can ease the pain of needle sticks, and even cut down on the number of failed attempts that patients have to endure. The technology is called the VeinViewer, and it is remarkable.

The VeinViewer is a portable device that is being introduced in more and more hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices it uses a special type of light called near-infrared (NIR) to display a digital map of the veins that lie hidden beneath the patient’s skin. Doctors, nurses, and phlebotomists who use the device are able to quickly and easily see veins that are as deep as 15mm beneath the skin, illuminating different bends and narrow areas so that needles can easily be guided to the correct area. A study that tracked the success of the device found that it improved the success rate of first-time sticks by a remarkable 100 percent, and decreases the need for medically unrequired peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) lines by 30 percent.

As mesothelioma patients age and grow sicker, their veins often deteriorate, and the medical treatments that they receive can contribute to this problem.  Though other VeinViewer products have been available for a while, the smaller, portable version that has just been introduced is less costly, and that means that more physicians are likely to make the investment in the product, as it not only improves their patients’ quality of life but can improve their staff’s productivity and efficiency.

Finding ways to cut down on mesothelioma patient discomfort is a big part of what the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma.net do. For more information on how we can guide you to important resources, contact us today at  1-800-692-8608.

Terri Oppenheimer

Terri Oppenheimer is an independent writer, editor and proofreader. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in English. Her dreams of a writing career were diverted by a need to pay her bills. She spent a few years providing copy for a major retailer, then landed a lucrative career in advertising sales. With college bills for all three of her kids paid, she left corporate America for a return to her original goal of writing. She specializes in providing content for websites and finds tremendous enjoyment in the things she learns while doing her research. Her specific areas of interest include health and fitness, medical research, and the law.

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