FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. and MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- BrightStar Care® of Ft. Lauderdale, a premier private-duty home healthcare agency, and Christie Medical Holdings, Inc., a global leader in portable vascular imaging systems, today reported use of the Christie VeinViewer® Flex vein finder has helped improve the care provided to BrightStar Care of Ft. Lauderdale home infusion clients.
Because of their chronic illnesses, home healthcare patients receiving regular intravenous therapy may present a difficult challenge when it comes to finding a vein. Nurses providing care may have previously had no choice but to attempt numerous venipunctures in order to deliver necessary treatment. In 2013, BrightStar Care of Ft. Lauderdale was the first home healthcare agency in the country to adopt a new technology to help improve venipuncture success for their clients. VeinViewer vein illumination has been shown to greatly increase first-stick success for IV access. VeinViewer Flex is the only device of its kind that can be taken directly into the patient's home.
"VeinViewer Flex is easy to use and has saved us countless repeat sticks," said Al Zweig, RN, director of infusion services for BrightStar Care of Ft. Lauderdale. "We have had patients that while in the hospital were stuck over 20 times to get a single IV line started. Now when we schedule their home visits, our patients tell us 'Don't show up without the VeinViewer.'"
The Christie VeinViewer Flex system uses harmless near-infrared light to detect patient vasculature and then projects a real-time, high-definition image of the vein pattern directly on the skin surface. Nurses can quickly find more options for accessing a patient's veins. A more thorough assessment with VeinViewer Flex means patients may avoid multiple needle sticks and possible future complications sometimes associated with IV access.
"We know that families in our area have a lot of options when choosing home care services," stated Bill Tolia, president and co-owner of BrightStar Care Ft. Lauderdale. "We want to be the company that gives our clients throughout the Ft. Lauderdale and Pompano Beach area the highest level of in-home care available. In the two years we have been using VeinViewer Flex, we have saved our clients the pain and anxiety of multiple needlesticks and made more of a difference in their quality of life."
BrightStar Care of Ft. Lauderdale is part of the BrightStar Care franchise system. BrightStar Care is a national private duty home care and medical staffing franchise with more than 300 locations that can provide medical and non-medical services to clients within their homes, as well as supplemental care staff to corporate clients. BrightStar Care is the recipient of the Joint Commission's Enterprise Champion for Quality designation for each of the three years the award has been available – the only company in the United States to achieve this prestigious designation. Each BrightStar Care Director of Nursing has membership in the Infusion Nurses Society.
About Christie Medical Holdings, Inc.
Christie Medical Holdings Inc. is a global company based in Memphis, Tenn., that discovers, develops and commercializes medical technologies. The company's market-leading product, VeinViewer system, is a mobile vascular imaging system that allows health care providers to clearly see accessible vasculature as a real time HD image, directly on the surface of the skin. Christie Medical Holdings Inc. is owned by Christie Digital Systems Inc., a global visual technologies company and a subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan (JP:6925). For more information on Christie Digital Systems or Christie Medical Holdings, visit www.christiemed.com.
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