ISLE OF MAN – The Microgaming Health & Care Trust is delighted to announce that it has purchased a VeinViewer for the Paediatric Ward at Noble’s Hospital.
A VeinViewer is a non-invasive piece of illuminating infra-red medical equipment that allows staff to clearly see a ‘map’ of a patient’s veins’ on the skin surface. This facilitates the taking of blood samples and the insertion of intravenous lines. As a result of improved visibility, the VeinViewer can help to avoid multiple attempts at vein puncture, with a corresponding reduction in pain and distress during the procedure. This is of particular benefit when treating younger patients.
Dr Prakash Thiagarajan, Consultant General and Neonatal Paediatrician at Noble’s Hospital, explains: “Placing an intravenous cannula in an infant or child can be very challenging for doctors and nurses, as well as being very distressing for children and their parents. Often we are forced to search only by feel, as veins are not always visible on the surface of the skin. A VeinViewer identifies veins under the skin and projects a virtual map onto the skin. This state-of-the-art piece of equipment will greatly assist us in locating the veins and thereby reduce the number of attempts required to place cannulae in infants and children.”
For the first time, Noble’s Hospital now has access to this impressive piece of equipment which is situated in the Children’s Ward, and is already being put to good use.
Shelagh Leonard, Acting Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Therapies at Noble’s Hospital, comments: “It’s amazing to see how the VeinViewer is already benefiting our patients. On behalf of all the staff at the Children’s ward, I would like to thank the Microgaming Health & Care Trust for its generous donation.”
Dr. John Wardle, Trustee of the Microgaming Health Care & Trust, adds: “The Microgaming Health & Care Trust was established to provide funding assistance to various health and social care projects on the Island where the outcome benefits the wider community. This project is a perfect example of this and so it is our pleasure to provide this VeinViewer to Noble’s Hospital.”
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Photo: (forefront) The VeinViewer purchased by the Microgaming Health & Care Trust located on the Children’s Ward at Noble’s Hospital. (left-right) Dr Prakash Thiagarajan, Consultant General and Neonatal Paediatrician, Linda Radcliffe, Women, Children and Outpatients Division Manager, Dr. Guy Sissons, Trustee of the Microgaming Health & Care Trust, Dr. John Wardle, Trustee of the Microgaming Health & Care Trust, Ada Basaysay, Healthcare Assistant, Children’s Ward, Karen Smith, Acting Senior Sister, Children’s Ward, Catherine Wallinger, Registered Nurse, Children’s Ward, Hannah Clague, Student Nurse. Photo by Bill Dale.