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Garry’s story: Vein viewer changes lives

Garry’s story: Vein viewer changes lives

Garry’s story: Vein viewer changes lives

A new vein viewer made a big difference in Garry Derenoski’s life.

Garry Derenoski is a frequent visitor to Saskatoon City Hospital. A medical condition requires regular intravenous treatments in the hospital’s Clinical Treatment Centre.

While treatments are bearable, starting them can be painful for Garry. “Because of my condition and the number of years I’ve been receiving treatment, I’ve almost run out of veins, at least ones that are visible. My veins are hard to find, making it difficult for nurses to start IVs.”

At times he’d be poked up to 10 times per visit before nurses could find a decent vein, he says. “I often felt when arriving for my treatment that nurses wanted to run away. I would have felt the same.”

That all changed in September 2015.

Garry was one of the first patients to benefit from a new vein viewer, paid for by donors through the Foundation’s Equip for Excellence campaign. The viewer uses near infrared light to display a real time, high definition image of patients’ vasculature on the skin. With clear and accurate views of vein locations, it’s easier for medical staff to insert IVs.

Garry knows. “The first day they used the vein viewer on me, they had a perfect vein and the IV was started on the first try. It was an incredible experience.”

The vein viewer made his life better in other ways. “Normally I’d arrive for treatments early or mid-morning and leave late in the afternoon or close to supper time. I’d spend a whole day at the hospital. Most of the time was with nursing staff trying to start the IV, sometimes for two hours or more.

“The first day they used the vein viewer, I was done by two or three in the afternoon,” he reports.

“The vein viewer and donors who purchased it made an incredible difference in my life. I really appreciate it,” Garry says. “Thank you.”

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