Updated on October 24, 2023


Created on July 15, 2017

A-Lite Vein Locator (3rd Gen)

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Pediatric blood vessel illuminator.  

Developed By
  1. Emmanuel Kamuhire
Tested By
  • Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital
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Product Description

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 is the third prototype iteration.

Target Countries


Target SDGs

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

A-Lite Uganda LTD A-Lite Vein Locator plans to reach out to private and public hospitals, clinics, and institutions. Interview with representative

Manufacturing/Building Method

Vein Locator is working with UIRI (Uganda Industrial Research Institute) to help manufacture the product. Interview with representative in 2017

Intellectural Property Type

Patent Protected

User Provision Model

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.

Distributions to Date Status


Design Specifications

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.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

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. Interview with representative in 2017

Replacement Components

Battery- smart phone battery. Interview with representative in 2017


Device lifetime is 2-4 years. The battery lasts 1-2 days on a single charge. The Vein Locator will have a one year warranty.  Interview with representative in 2017

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

To reduce vein damage and wasted medicine due to difficulty finding veins for cannulation. Interview with representative in 2017

Vetted Performance Status



Disinfect and sterilize Vein Locator after each use using alcohol pads. Interview with representative in 2017

Complementary Technical Systems

Materials for cannulation, medication Interview with representative in 2017

Academic Research and References


Compliance with regulations

IRB (Institutional Review Board) Approval, seeking UNBA (Uganda National Board) approval.Interview with representative in 2017

Evaluation methods

IRB-approved research study, feedback from clinicians Interview with representative in 2017

Other Information

Won admission into the CAMTech Accelerator program ASME ISHOW Finalist 2017 Kenya Obtained investment from NIISP in 2019 (~20k USD grant)

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