Visualizing veins with near-infrared light to facilitate blood withdrawal in children

Cuper, N.J., Verdaasdonk, R.M., de Roode, R., de Vooght, K.M.K., Viergever, M.A., Kalkman, C.J., de Graaff, J.C.


Clinical pediatrics 50 (6), p. 508-512


INTRODUCTION: This study aims to evaluate for the first time the value of visualizing veins by a prototype of a near-infrared (NIR) vascular imaging system for venipuncture in children.

METHODS: An observational feasibility study of venipunctures in children (0-6 years) attending the clinical laboratory of a pediatric university hospital during a period of 2 months without (n = 80) and subsequently during a period of 1 month with a prototype of an NIR vascular imaging system (n = 45) was conducted. Failure rate (ie, more than 1 puncture) and time of needle manipulation were determined.

RESULTS: With the NIR vascular imaging system, failure rate decreased from 10/80 to 1/45 (P = .05) and time decreased from 2 seconds (1-10) to 1 second (1-4, P = .07).

CONCLUSION: This study showed promising results on the value of an NIR vascular imaging system in facilitating venipunctures.