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From Staff and Wire reports Published: May 6, 2012


‘Viewer' helps nurses find newborns' tiny veins

In the neonatal intensive care unit at Mercy in Oklahoma City, Mercy is conducting research with a “vein viewer” to start IVs more easily in newborns in an attempt to save them from the discomfort of multiple needle sticks.

“Babies in the NICU have arms and hands smaller than their parents' fingers and that makes it extremely difficult to find a vein,” said Michele McEver, NICU nursing manager. “With this technology, we save our babies from unneeded pain.”

To reduce needle sticks, Mercy uses a vein viewer, a light that improves external visibility. Mercy officials anticipate that the research will provide needed proof that vein viewers can dramatically decrease needle sticks for the tiniest patients.

Fresh fruit, vegetables require safe handling

As grocery stores and farmers' markets stock up on a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables during the spring and summer months, the Oklahoma State Department of Health is urging consumers to follow safe handling tips for fresh produce to protect themselves and their families from the risk of food-related illness.

It is especially important to remember the role of safe food handling of fruits and vegetables that are eaten raw.

The state health department recommends when buying fresh fruits and vegetables, purchase produce that is not bruised or damaged. Also, when selecting fresh cut produce such as a half watermelon or bagged mixed salad greens, choose only those items that are refrigerated or surrounded by ice.

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