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 ​​INS Recommends the Use of Near-infrared Vein Visualization

​​The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) is an organization dedicated to setting the standards for best practices in vascular access procedures and maintenance. In the 5th edition of their Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, published in January 2016, INS highlights the benefits of using near-infrared (NIR) vein visualization for making more informed decisions in short peripheral catheter placement. 

T​​he INS 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice states that clinicians should: 

"Consider the use of near-infrared (nIR) light technology to aid in locating viable superficial venous sites and decreasing procedure time for peripheral catheter insertion." 

"Consider nIR light technology to identify peripheral venous sites and facilitate more informed decisions about vein selection (ie, bifurcating veins, tortuosity of veins, palpable but nonvisible veins)."

INS cites two studies showing improvement in first-attempt success for peripheral catheter placement, both VeinViewer studies. 

Hess H. A biomedical device to improve pediatric vascular access success. Pediatr Nurs. 2010;36(5):259-263.

Sun CY, Lee KC, Lin IH, et al. Near-infrared light device can improve intravenous cannulation in critically ill children. Pediatr Neonatal. 2013:54(3):194-197. 

Links to both publications can be found on our clinical studies page.​ 

Copies of the INS Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice can be purchased through their website​

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INS recognizes the benefit of more thorough peripheral cathether assessment ​

I​n 2014 INS published a pivotal position paper titled Recommendations for Improving Safety Practices with Short Peripheral Catheters. 

The paper calls out the importance of standardization and knowledge in short peripheral catheter (SPC) practices as a key factor contributing to patient safety ris​ks and outcomes. 

The Infusion Nurses Society states a clinician should: 

"Incorporate vein visualization technology as a routine strategy for patients with difficult or poor venous access. Visualization technology can improve success rates, decrease unsuccessful insertion attempts and improve patient satisfaction." 

VeinViewer evidence supports the INS recommendation 

All three of the supporting evidence papers cited in the INS panel's recommendation of vein visualization were studies done using VeinViewer® by Christie Medical Holdings, the inventor and global leader in direct projection vein imaging systems.

Kim M, Park J, Rhee N, et al. Efficacy of VeinViewer in pediatric intravenous access: a randomized controlled study. Eur J Pediatr. 2012;171(7):1121-1125

Hess H. A biomedical device to improve pediatric vascular access success. Pediatr Nurs. 2010;36(5):259-263.

Strehle E-M. Making the invisible visible: near infrared spectroscopy and phlebotomy in children. Telemed J E Health. 2010;16(8):1-5.

Further, the INS recommendation emphasizes the importance of assessing the patient during pre-insertion, insertion and post-insertion, reflecting VeinViewer's exclusive Pre-, During- and Post-access capabilities.

​Visit the INS Learning Center online to register and download the position paper 



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Over a dozen studies show the positive impact of VeinViewer, including up to 100% increase in first-stick success and patient satisfaction and greater than 30% reduction in medically unnecessary PICCs.​