If you have felt the pain in the past while donating your blood then donating blood in future is going to be painless because now scientists have invented an infrared light device which makes veins on your body visible.
This handheld infrared light device is about to make donating blood a whole lot easier and emergency cases to be given a quick relief.
If you’ve ever given blood, you’ve likely experienced the discomfort of having a nurse struggle to find your vein. And if you’re anything like me, you’re probably used to someone jabbing at your arm for five minutes before giving up and moving to the other one because your veins are “difficult to find”.
But don’t worry, this device is about to make the process a whole lot less painful.
The technology works by beaming harmless near-infrared light at your arm. Our veins contain a lot of deoxygenated haemoglobin, and because this is absorbed by infrared light, it creates an image of exactly where your veins are under the skin.
Importantly, the device can be used anywhere, including in hospitals and pathology clinics, to make it easier for patients to get blood tests, as well as for genorous citizens to donate blood.
The Australian Red Cross is now the first blood bank services in the world to trial this technology, and has already started using it in its Sydney clinics.