If you've ever had a blood test or had an IV put in, you likely know the extreme irritation that comes when nurses have difficulty finding veins. No one likes getting stabbed.
From the Australian Red Cross Blood Service comes a world-first innovation in health technology. Their machine is currently being trialled among blood donation locations across Sydney to test its effectiveness. The gadget shows where your veins are so nurses and other health care professionals won't have to struggle. The handheld device uses infrared light to absorb the hemoglobin from your blood, thus indicating where to go about finding veins.
This visualization technology wasn't originated by the Red Cross, but comes from two separate Australian companies, according to a recent press release.