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Eyes-On Glasses let nurses see patients' veins through their skin
Eyes-On Glasses should be available as of next year
Despite what TV and the movies might have us believe, getting a needle into a vein isn't always a straightforward procedure. It can sometimes take multiple attempts, much to the discomfort of the patient. Now, however, Evena Medical's new Eyes-On Glasses reportedly let nurses see patients' veins in real time, right through their skin.
The glasses can be worn over existing eyewear, and incorporate "multi-spectral 3D imaging" (multiple spectra of projected light) to make veins show up when viewed via the glasses' dual cameras. Users see the patient's skin as it really is through the glasses' clear lens, but with an image of the veins as processed by the cameras overlaid on top.
Those cameras also allow images to be transmitted by Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or 3G wireless to remotely-located medical staff – two built-in speakers assist in such situations. It's also possible to store images onboard the glasses, for future reference. Image processing and power are supplied by a separate microprocessor, that is worn on a belt and hard-wired to the glasses.
Eyes-On Glasses should be commercially available to medical clients as of the first quarter of next year. More information is available in the video below.
Students and staff at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have taken another approach to the same challenge, and developed a vein-detecting needle-giving robotic device known as SAGIV.
Source: Evena Medical via Infection Control Today
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Nice to see people using the inventions i made back in 2002. Old black and white ccd camera see IR light to. Blood vessels show up dark. just have a light filter in front of the cameras to help keep visible light out and enhance the picture. But hey just go ahead an patent stuff, not like US care any thing about property rights. But in the end it is the benefit of the patients that is at stake..so good for them.
I remember the first IV I got. My mother being a pediatrician decided to give one herself, got needled at least five times before she found my vein. Hahaha I could really use one of this!
As a person who donates blood and also has to have blood drawn at the VA Hospital on occassion. I always warn people that they must go straight in and hit the vein of it will skip off. The veins have a tougher skin and are hard to puncture. I have had both arms, a wrists, and a hands 'tortured' one day becuse the person couldn'y find any veins.
I.V.'s are really bad as even after inserting them they have a tendancy to slip out and have to be redone. I hope these come on the market before I'm gone. Support our Troops - Remember Out Veterans.
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