Inserting IV catheters is a common medical procedure that requires training, a good deal of experience, and a steady hand, especially when working with the elderly and young children. Errors are common and clinicians often end up repeating their attempts at placing the needle, a particularly unpleasant experience for the patient.
A team of engineers and clinicians from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hadassah Medical Center in Israel have developed a device that makes IV catheter insertion a safer, more automatic, and reliable procedure. The SAGIV device employs infrared light to visualize the veins and to guide the needle. Electronic sensors can then recognize whether the needle was inserted properly due to pressure changes as the needle enters the vessel.
Here’s the team introducing the SAGIV:
Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Less Pain for Kids, With Robotic IV Insertion Device…