Behold, the BattleView Infrared Vascular Trans-illuminator:
BattleView is a combat-tested, near-infrared vascular trans-illuminator designed to aid IV insertion at night without compromising an operator’s position. Utilizing standard-issue night vision goggles, medics can apply BattleView to venous area to easily locate an IV target without the use of white light. The device incorporates four encapsulated IR LED’s that bond with the iron in the venous blood travelling back to the heart, effectively fluorescing the veins. This makes target veins extremely easy to spot, allowing IV’s to be inserted as if under normal lighting conditions.
Glowing like a lab rat! Neva been done befo’ (no joke though, this is actually awesome). Reminds me of when I was a kid and used to stick a flashlight in my mouth, or press it against my hand to freak my sister out.
The guy in the videos says it’s been out in the field for 2 years. Have any of you guys used it? Besides the added expense of night vision, it seems to me like it would be a good idea to have these in regular hospitals to save patients some discomfort when medical staff would normally have to really hunt for a vein.
Available over at TNVC for $500 along with lots more pictures and information.