The Vein Locator is a portable non-invasive medical device designed to assist clinicians with locating the vein of a patient to insert a needle or cannula.
The Vein Locator is a device that uses light emitting diodes for locating veins for cannulation (IV) in pediatric patients. The vein locator uses red light absorption by deoxy-hemoglobin within the patient’s vein, allowing the veins to show up more clearly on the patient’s skin.
This product is still in prototype phase.
CAMTech Uganda. Vein Locator plans to reach out to private and public hospitals, clinics, and institutions. Interview with representative
Expect to retail at around 40 USD. Discounts will be given for large orders. Interview with representative
Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Clinicians are target users, health facilities are target customers
Vein Locator is working with UIRI (Uganda Industrial Research Institute) to help manufacture the product. Interview with representative
Patented Interview with representative
Hospitals or clinicians will be able to procure a Vein Locator through a distributor of the product. Vein Locator is also targeting medical device companies with functional distribution channels to distribute the device. Vein Locator plans to reach out to private hospitals, clinics, and institutions in addition to public hospitals.
The Vein Locator is a solution that uses red light as a mechanism for locating veins. When switched on and held it close to the skin of the target area of the patient, the device is able to make veins visible. No image processing is required. The Vein Locator runs on rechargeable batteries. A charger is included with the product. Interview with representative
The Vein Locator uses the principle of red light absorption by deoxy-hemoglobin content in the patient’s vein. Deoxy-hemoglobin in the vein absorbs red light and veins therefore show up clearly on the patient’s skin against the brighter red background of the surrounding tissues. In addition, red light is non-ionizing in nature, harmless to human skin and does not need extra equipment to process the image.
The user can bring the Vein Locator back to the location of purchase. It is possible that an engineer in the hospital will be able to fix the device. The Vein Locator will have a one year warranty. Interview with representative
Battery- smart phone battery. Interview with representative
Device lifetime is 2-4 years. The battery lasts 1-2 days on a single charge. Interview with representative
To reduce vein damage and wasted medicine due to difficulty finding veins for cannulation. Interview with representative
Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, Holy Innocents Children Hospital Interview with representative
Disinfect and sterilize Vein Locator after each use using alcohol pads. Interview with representative
Materials for cannulation, medication Interview with representative
IRB (Institutional Review Board) Approval, seeking UNBA (Uganda National Board) approval. Interview with representative
IRB-approved research study, feedback from clinicians Interview with representative
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