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.
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
Vein Locator is working with UIRI (Uganda Industrial Research Institute) to help manufacture the product. Interview with representative in 2017
Intellectural Property Type
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
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. Interview with representative in 2017
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
IRB-approved research study, feedback from clinicians Interview with representative in 2017
Won admission into the CAMTech Accelerator program ASME ISHOW Finalist 2017 Kenya Obtained investment from NIISP in 2019 (~20k USD grant)