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Published on October 10, 2018

Patients Receiving Infusion Services Benefit from New Equipment 

Photo of nurse using the AccuVein equipment to locate a vein on a patient at MidMichigan Medical Center - Gladwin.

Patients receiving infusion services at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin are benefiting from a new piece of equipment called an AccuVein, which is helping with difficult IV starts. Holding the device is Debbie Kruger, R.N., who is demonstrating on volunteer Susan Pahl how the equipment works. Standing in the background is volunteer Lynda Balzer and Julia Reid, R.N., B.S.N., manager, nursing administration. Volunteers from the Medical Center – Gladwin played a key role in raising support for the Breast Health Fund from their Bra-La-La events.

Patients receiving infusion services at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin are benefiting from a new piece of equipment called an AccuVein, which is helping with difficult IV starts.

“This device makes it easier for nurses to locate a vein on patients who it may be difficult to start an IV on due to many factors, one being receiving chemotherapy,” explained Julia Reid, R.N., B.S.N., manager, nursing administration. “This technology is a huge benefit to patients by increasing the number of successful IV starts on the first attempt limiting the number of needle pokes on them.”

The equipment was purchased thanks to monies from the MidMichigan Health Foundation’s Restricted Breast Health Fund for the Medical Center – Gladwin. Volunteers from the Medical Center – Gladwin played a key role in raising support for the Breast Health Fund from their Bra-La-La events.

MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin offers many roles for volunteers. Those interested in more information may contact Jo Sommers, volunteer coordinator, at (989) 246-6209 or visit www.midmichigan.org/volunteers.

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