Taking some of the Pain out of IVs and injections at Eastern Plumas Health Care


Eastern Plumas Health Care (EPHC) is excited to share with the community that they have purchased tools to get even the toughest blood draws and IV access quicker and with less pain.

“The hospital allowed me to allocate some funds that were given by the government towards Covid related supply expenses towards this new equipment,” EPHC Emergency Room Manager Donna Dorsey explained.

The new equipment, such as the vein finder and ultrasound tools, are becoming the new industry standard for all hospitals, and Dorsey is excited to be able to utilize them for the benefit of hospital staff and the community they serve. “This is a huge win for our patients,” Dorsey said with a smile. “We will be able to work more quickly and with a reduction in pain.”

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The Braun VeinViewer is a near-infrared vein visualization product designed to provide clinicians with an accurate image of a patient’s veins. Photos by Eastern Plumas Health Care

Easier vein-finding
The Braun VeinViewer is a near-infrared vein visualization product designed to provide clinicians with an accurate image of patient veins. VeinViewer helps improve first stick success and reduces the time needed to start an IV.

Another tool, the Clarius Handheld Ultrasound for ultrasound guided IVs, helps medical staff visualize superficial as well as deep veins for quicker access with less sticks.

The Clarius Handheld Ultrasound for ultrasound guided IVs helps medical staff visualize veins for quicker access.

Buzzy devices
Buzzy Devices decrease pain with injections, IVs and painful procedures. Buzzy uses motion and ice to harness two physiologic pain pathways: one mechanical frequency blocks pain, one competes with pain for the brain’s attention.  “This is perfect for children and for adults, too!” said Dorsey. “These devices are now in all of our clinics, our lab, our inpatient unit and the ER.”

Buzzy Devices decrease pain with injections, IVs and painful procedures.