Quote from DawnfromKC
As I am a new Patient Care Tech, how does one use a flashlight to help
with finding veins? I know it sound rather silly to ask, but I need all the help
I can get!
I am finishing up Phlebotomy this week and would love to share with my classmates this bit of information....
Thanks in advance
Dawn, if you're at KU MED, you have the grand master of all IV/PICC knowledge right there at your fingertips. tap in!
take a flashlight, or an otoscope, and shine the light directly on the skin. look very closely, and you'll see the veins in the glowing rim. with this method, you only get a tiny section of the vein, but you'll begin to see them with practise.
I do better with feeling my way, sometimes I use the sterile cath cover to "dent" the skin and mark where I want to insert.
venoscopes have a very limited use if your skills are good, but every now and then, it can give the clinician an edge on the very difficult patients. For IV team situations, the Landry Vein light is better. It costs more ($450), but it has an adaptor that will allow it to be used efficiently on pediatric patients, whereas the venoscope makes a separate unit for pedis, together totalling > $450.