By | October 2, 2006

From Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS newsletter comes news of a new tool to help doctors and nurses.

Projected Vein Locations: This weekend I saw a fascinating new “performance support” system – one that helps doctors and nurses find veins easily when drawing blood or inserting an IV. At Wired’s NextFest in NYC, I had a chance to demonstrate “The VeinViewer” by Luminetx. Using near-infrared beams, the device locates veins and arteries below the skin and then projects a real time image of those veins on to the skin of the patient. Instantly, there is no guesswork on the location or size of the target for a needle. This is one of the cool “performance support” models that we see coming into the workplace to provide contextual support and altered work processes. It dramatically reduces the painful moments of “oops, wrong spot”. Check it out at:

As a geek, I think this is one of the coolest real-life tools I’ve ever heard of. Sci-fi becomes sci-fact yet again. As someone who has blood drawn with relative frequency, and can still vividly remember the IV I had inserted a couple years ago, I say “WOO HOO!” My doctors and nurses do a great job already, but anything that improves the experience is great in my book.

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[tags]technology, invention, medical, phlebotomy, infrared, performance support, cool tools[/tags]

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