The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) will be one of the first blood banks to use the VeinViewer® Flex, a product of Christie Medical, to help make blood donations more comfortable for young donors.
“With some donors, it’s difficult to find small veins for donation,” said Brian Clark, director of Donor Services at STBTC. “This technology we’ve invested in will help our phlebotomists find the right vein to help minimize discomfort during donation.”
The VeinViewer® Flex is a small instrument that projects near-infrared light that is absorbed by blood and reflected by surrounding tissue. The image is projected digitally in real time directly onto the surface of the skin. While the tool is not new technology and is currently utilized in hospital settings, it is new to the blood banking industry.