iv_eyeTaking a blood sample is also one of the most common medical practices in both the acute and primary care sectors.

Our latest product is the IV-eye®, a near infrared (NIR) vein imaging device designed to aid healthcare professionals in finding good veins for both cannulation and venepuncture.

How it Operates:

The IV-eye is placed flat on a patient’s peripheral limb (lower arm or back of hand) and uses near-infrared light to illuminate the skin and the subcutaneous tissue. The near infrared (NIR) light is transmitted by means of light emitting diodes (LEDs) in the flexible wings. The near infrared light penetrates the patient’s skin, is absorbed by the haemoglobin in the blood, and passes through the fat and other tissue surrounding a vein. The camera on the underside of the IV-eye captures an image of the blocked light and a digital processor creates an image of the underlying vascular structure. This is then shown an on an LCD display situated on the top of the device.

The display has a red line down its centre, this is “lined up” with a suitable vein and a red laser index light is then projected onto the patient’s skin to indicate a suitable insertion point.