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​​​​​​​​​​Study shows a potential $475,300* in cost savings over two years using VeinViewer technology to place peripheral IVs instead of PICC lines.

Clinical poster presented at the 2015 Infusion Nurses Society Annual Convention and Industrial Exhibition.

*based on national average of $700 per PICC

PICC lines Placed Improvement
2012 (VeinViewer technology not used) 1,612 21%
2013 (VeinViewer technology used) 1,272
​2014 (VeinViewer technology used) ​​1,273

VeinViewer reduced the number of medically unnecessary PICC lines placed in NICU patients by more than 30%*.

Press release: Interim study results released by Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma. Released at the Association for Vascular Access 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting.

*final study results have not yet been published

 VeinViewer Assisted Method Traditional Method Improvement
Rate of medically unnecessary PICC lines 1:25 1:13 >30%
Average number of PIV sticks 3.1 5.2 39%

VeinViewer improved the rate of first-stick success and improved the total time of attempts per patient.

Peer Review Journal: Near-Infrared Light Device Can Improve Intravenous Cannulation in Critically Ill Children.

PICU patients (3 mos. – 17 years) Achieved with VeinViewer Standard Improvement
1st attempt stick-rate success 56% 33.3% 70.2%
Time of attempts per patient 3.10 min 8.28 min 62.5%

VeinViewer improved successful PICC placement with the most benefit seen in infants of greater GA (gestational age).

Peer Review Journal: A Randomized Trial of the VeinViewer Versus Standard Technique for Placement of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICCs) in Neonates.

VeinViewer Assisted Method Traditional Method
Session 1 64% 59%
Session 2 44% 27%
Session 3 100% 80%
Overall success 86% 75%

Using VeinViewer to Increase the Identification of Peripheral Intravenous Access Targets in Pediatric Patients.

Clinical poster presented at INS 2012.

Dorsum of Hand N=120 VeinViewer Sight Sight + Palpation Improvement (vs Sight + Palpation)
Total veins 8.2 4.2 5.1 61%
Optimal Catheter Segments 2.8 1.4 1.8 56%

VeinViewer showed a statistically significant increase in the percentage of first stick success rates on difficult venous access pediatric patients in a randomized controlled study.

Peer Review Journal: Efficacy of VeinViewer in pediatric peripheral intravenous access: a randomized controlled trial.

First attempt success VeinViewer Standard technique
Patients with DIVA (difficult intravenous access) Score > 4 58% 25%
Overall success 72% 67%

VeinViewer may decrease the time of PIV placement.

Peer Review Journal: VeinVie​wer-assisted Intravenous Catheter Placement in a Pediatric Emergency Department.

Geometric mean time to place PIV, minutes VeinViewer
Improvement in time
0-17 years old 2.20 min 2.42 min 10%
0-2 years old 2.02 min 2.78 min 38%

Rating of VeinViewer by nurses and doctors.

Peer Review Journal: Telemedicine, Making the Invisible Visible: Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and Phlebotomy in Children.

  Better Same Worse
1st General effectiveness 72% 20% 8%
Visibility of peripheral veins 76% 24% 9%
High Medium Low
Acceptance by families 100% 0% 0%

The use of the vein viewing device significantly improved the first attempt venipuncture success rate, decreased the number of attempts per patient, and decreased procedure time for the study population. The device was well received by patients, families and staff.

Peer Review Journal: A Biomedical Device to Improve Pediatric Vascular Access Success.

VeinViewer Traditional Method
First attempt success rate 80% 49%
Mean number of attempts 1.29 1.97

VeinViewer used to enhance procedures on the face.

Case Report: The Use of VeinViewer for Botulinum Toxin Injection in Facial Wrinkles.

18 pen marks were made without VeinViewer to indicate where Botox should be injected.
Did Not Overlay Vein (checked with VeinViewer) 7 (39%)
Near Vein (checked with VeinViewer) 3 (17%)
Overlay Vein (checked with VeinViewer) 8 (44%)

VeinViewer demonstrates enhancements in average number of attempts, average time needed for venous access and 1st attempt success rates. Moreover, these improvements seem to have led to an increase in patient satisfaction.

Case study: Cardinal Glennon.

  VeinViewer Assisted Method, n=40 Traditional Method, n=48
Mean Number of Attempts per IV 1.18 2.08
1st Attempt Success Rate 83% 31%
Mean Time per IV (minutes) 6.6 17.06
Patient Satisfaction Score 4.07 1.85

VeinViewer demonstrated an enhancement in the ability to successfully access veins in previously unsuccessful DVA patients and could potentially increase the efficacy of healthcare workers, increase patient satisfaction, and increase the number of blood donors.

Clinical Operations Study: Lifeblood Biological Services Summary.

 Donors (previously turned away)             Achieved with VeinViewer             First-stick success rate
N=29 100% 100%

VeinViewer assisted in demonstrating a positive difference in average number of attempts, average time needed for venous access, and 1st attempt success rate. Additionally VeinViewer appears to have assisted in providing a sizeable boost in patient satisfaction scores.

Clinical Operations Study: Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

  VeinViewer Assisted Method, n=32 Traditional Method, n=32
Mean Number of Attempts per IV 1.13 2.00
1st Attempt Success Rate 88% 28%
Mean Time per IV/PICC (minutes) 4.75 15.09
Patient Satisfaction Score 4.19 1.89

Feeder veins marked for phlebectomy using naked-eye visualization and palpation versus VeinViewer only.

Peer Review Journal: Dermatologic Surgery, Vein Imaging: A New Method of Near-Infrared Imaging Where a Processed Image is Projected onto the Surface of the Skin for the Enhancement of Vein Treatment.

 Total naked-eye marks Total VeinViewer marks Total combined marks ​Percentage of marks made with VeinViewer only
103 211 314 ​67%

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