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Filipino college students develop infrared device that can locate veins of patients easier

One of the interesting invention from the students of Don Honorio Ventura State University that was commended in the DOST-Central Luzon's 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit (RICE) in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija is the mapping device that can be used to locate veins in patients and blood donors.

The research was called "Electronic Vein Mapping Device Using Near Infrared Light for Bio-Medical Use". The device helps in finding a patient’s veins thus improving venipuncture success rates and will result to minimal unnecessary failures of medical practitioners which will lead to better satisfaction to both patients and medical practitioners in hospitals and clinics.

The locally-made and affordable vein mapping device has been tested on hundreds of DOST RICE participants, and it was able to show the real time location of the veins. The device is connected to a laptop through a USB port, but currently the team is developing a prototype to be more handy especially for medical missions.

A research conducted by the World Health Organization in 2016 shows that the risk of infection increases by 100% for each unsuccessful venipuncture. This is what inspired the students from creating the Electronic Vein Mapping Device, which help prevent complications from multiple attempts of venipuncture (blood draws and IV cannulation).

The team is composed of the following members:

Engr. Karl Angel M. Gamboa (Adviser)
Mary Nichole G. Dalay
Cristene Kiarra C. Flores
Jake Lester D. Gonzales
Anthony A. Tio
Shayne G. Tungol
Allain Christian M. Villaluz

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