AccuVein Inc., the leader in vein illumination, today announced that its AV400 vein illumination device won the 2013 Gold Medical Design Excellence Award (MDEA), one of the medical technology industry’s highest honors. AccuVein is a two time Gold winner as its AV300 also won the Gold Medical Design Excellence Award in 2010.
The highly competitive Medical Design Excellence Awards is the only awards program focused exclusively on recognizing breakthrough design work for medical products. Since 1998 it has recognized significant advances in medical product design and engineering that improve the quality of healthcare delivery and accessibility.
“We are thrilled to be a two time Gold MDEA award winner,” said AccuVein Engineering Vice President Joe Zott. “AccuVein and our skilled design partners are proud of the user intuitive nature of the AccuVein AV400 and of all that the device is doing to improve patient care around the world.”
Venipuncture for IV starts and blood draw is the most common invasive medical procedure, with 2.7 million procedures conducted every day in the United States alone. Studies show that up to one third of these attempts to access a vein fail the first time, creating unnecessary patient discomfort, as well as additional costs. By showing a map of the patient’s vasculature on the skin’s surface, The AccuVein AV400 has been shown to reduce the need for multiple needle sticks, thereby improving patient care and the time to access veins.
Other procedures benefit from vein illumination as well. In sclerotherapy procedures the AccuVein AV400 helps with vein identification and shows in real time the sclerosant traveling through the vein, confirming the procedure’s efficacy in eliminating the vein. Vein avoidance in surgery and cosmetic procedures is also an important application of the device.
About AccuVein, Inc.
AccuVein, Inc. (accuvein.com) is the global leader in vein illumination. The AccuVein AV400 allows health care professionals to see a map of peripheral veins on the skin’s surface with the goal of improving vascular access procedures including blood draw, IV infusion and blood donation.
AccuVein is the world’s only portable, non-contact vein illumination solution. It is built on proprietary technology as embodied in its growing patent portfolio that covers a broad range of imaging and medical diagnostic technologies.
AccuVein is in use at more than 2,000 hospitals and available for sale in over 100 countries worldwide.