It is difficult to get a needle, especially for drawing blood. More often than not, the situation is made worse by the flagrant, bald-faced lies flung both those administering the torture.

‘This won’t hurt a bit’ my Scottish Haggis. Alas, for all the great leaps forward made over the past few centuries in the way of medical science and the instruments thereof. This includes the hypodermic needle.

More or less the same today as they were smack in the middle of the 19th century, needles of all sorts have pretty much always been as unpleasant a delivery system as they are today.

Processes of drawing blood

drawing blood


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I have a sincere, heartfelt empathy and fellow feeling for people who have to take shots or get blood tests on a regular basis due to a medical condition or pathological addiction to aulturism that compels them to give blood every chance they get.

Take heart, however, for due to dragging their heels somewhat on the research, since types in some ways being as stalwart in their traditionalism as anyone else when the chips are down, there has been a technological advance that possesses the ability to make human life palpably better as opposed to simply easier or more fun.

There is a new piece of expensive plastic that hold the great and mighty possibility to make drawing blood, presumably for medical type reasons, a good deal less painless than it is right now. Which could make a hardened career mobster rat on his boss.

The hows and the whys

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Originating with the bright sparks and clever clogs over at Australia’s Red Cross, the device, known by the oh so catchy AccuVien AV400 and the comparatively pithy VeinViewer Flex.

Both of these devices use the miracle of infrared light to find viable veins. There are few things worse than getting stuck with a needle into straight muzzle.

This is generally what happens when one has to fight the urge to strike the phlebotomists and make a run for safety. One is still getting stabbed with a thin, sharp metal tube.

While there have been advancements made in the field of teleportation, some degree of violence is still required for the withdraw of the majority of internal bodily fluids.

Though it will make right sure that the offending implement goes into a vein, which generally are a good deal more malleable and surrounded by fewer nerve clusters than the muscles around them.

How it works

During drawing blood, light glows through the surface level of skin, showing hemoglobin, a blood-based protein and ideal substance for absorbing and reflecting infrared light, making the veins in which they reside glow a bright green.

It has been predicted, particularly by Dr. Dan Waller, who is a senior researcher at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, that the technology will lead to a sharp (no pun intended) up turn in people signing up to give blood.

Mostly because it will hurt less, but also because they will be interested in seeing the cool new technology work. Sadly, due to silly legal technicalities one will have to go to Australia to do so.



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Trevor McNeil spent much of his childhood playing video-games on early-form personal computers back when the disks were literally floppy. He attended the University of Victoria, completing a degree in Social Science with a concentration in Technology In Society, while also writing for the campus newspaper. He has written articles for such diverse publications as Humanity Death Watch, PopMatters and Perfect Sound Forever. He is a veteran of numerous “watershed moments” in the history of technological development and firmly believes that Han shot first.

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