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The Outpatients Unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital treats around 10,500 babies and children each year. Blood tests are common procedures on the unit for diagnoses and assessment. Veins in children and babies are not always visible to the naked eye, so it can be difficult for the phlebotomists to access them.

The AccuVein AV400 is a medical device that illuminates veins below the skin allowing the clinician to see and access them. The efficiency of the device helps to reduce stress and pain for the baby or child and avoids the need for sedation which is currently used in particularly difficult cases.

A recent trial of the AccuVein at Sheffield resulted in very positive feedback from staff and patients, particularly those with additional complex needs such as autism. MedEquip4Kids have previously funded AccuVein devices in other hospitals and have agreed to fundraise for this project which will make a real difference to the hospital experience.

The cost of providing the AccuVein AV400 is £5,070

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“The new outdoor area will boost mood and morale, creating social opportunities in a safe space free from medical interventions and providing distraction from pain and illness. It offers play opportunities for siblings too, helping to normalise the hospital environment and bridge the gap between home and hospital.”

Gillian Heer
Starlight Children’s Unit Manager
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