Updated: Monday, September 23 2013, 08:52 PM EDT
Sticking a person several times in search of a vein is no fun for the patient or the provider.
Now, as News 13's Jay Siltzer shows us in today's Health Alert, one local hospital has new technology that improves the chances of getting it right the first time.
Finding a vein just got a whole lot easier for anyone administering an IV to knee-replacement patient Lois Setser.
Lois Setser, patient, "if the first experience you have is that they've had to stick you three or four times, well do they know what else they're doing?"
Health professionals in Franklin know exactly what they are doing with this latest infrared technology, a vein finder.
Angel Medical actually has two of these hand-held devices. Because they are so portable, they can be taken anywhere in the hospital.
Lois, "I know they have used it a few times this week on other patients."
Nicole Ledford, RN Angel Medical Center, "on elderly patients, that have twisty crooked veins that are real valvy, it makes a big difference."
That means they remain calmer, ultimately feel better, and can concentrate getting back on their feet.
Lois, the patient, is also a nurse. She'll be using the vein finder herself when she returns to work in a couple weeks.