India’s First Vein Detector ‘Veinus’ Promises Better, Surer Cannulation

India’s First Vein Detector ‘Veinus’ Promises Better, Surer Cannulation


The Veinus displays vein map of a man’s hand during the pilot at St. John’s Hospital, Bangalore.

A Bangalore-based startup has developed India’s first vein detector, ‘Veinus’, a non-invasive device that could help doctors locate good veins for inserting venous cannula. Veinus is likely to cost about 80% less than the imported vein detectors. Better cannulation with the help of Veinus may mean less number of needle pricks for millions of patients worldwide.

According to a report, even though venous cannulas are often needed for a week or more, they frequently fail before the end of treatment because of irritation of the vein and therefore necessitate cannula removal and replacement. Replacement requires additional needle pricks for patients, increases work for clinical staff, and contributes to insertion of cannulas being the most common invasive medical procedure and therefore a substantial contributor to healthcare costs.

In a step to aid this medical procedure, Bangalore-based Infraeyes Private Limited developed Veinus, a vein detecting device that uses infrared light to display map of good, thick, as well as thrombosed veins under the skin.

Founded in 2011 by Priyank Saxena, 38, along with Mayank Saxena, his brother, and  Saurabh Gupta, Infraeyes now has a team of six engineers who have contributed in  making Veinus. The device is set to be launched in the market this month (July  2014). Read full report on Page 2

Healthcare Innovation: A Product To Stop Bleeding in 3 Minutes

Healthcare Innovation: A Product To Stop Bleeding in 3 Minutes

Did you know, every sixth car accident in the world happens in India? According to the National Crime Records Bureau, road accident fatalities crossed 1.3 lakh in 2010. The statistics also reveal that while accidents form one half of the problem of accidental deaths, lack of on-site emergency first aid accounts for the other half.

In the quest to find a solution to traumatic bleeding in case of road accidents, Leo Mavely and Ashish Pandya, students of bioengineering and biochemistry at NirmaLabs (an incubator at Nirma University) in Ahmedabad, have created a haemostatic emergency dressing for victims who would lose a lot of blood before reaching a hospital.

During their research spread over a number of years, the duo found that a polymer extracted from shellfish could help develop a solution. Their discovery and further efforts resulted in a bio-dressing that they began to sell under the brand name of Axiostat in 2012. The product was patented thereafter.

When Axiostat comes in contact with blood, the positively charged porous dressing absorbs and clots the negatively charged blood cells. The clot then becomes a physical barrier to prevent further blood loss. Once a patient reaches a hospital or a nursing facility, the Axiostat can be removed by applying saline water or just water. According to Mavely, co-founder and CEO of Axio Biosolutions, Axiostat can be applied by a layman. It has to be applied to a bleeding wound with some pressure and it stops the bleeding in less than three minutes. He also mentions that the dressing is made from glucosamine, an amino sugar, and is completely natural.

Axiostat is available for Rs. 400 in five versions for different kinds of wounds including dental bleeding. Read more in this report by Shruti Chakraborty.