The generosity of one man will help many in the Humboldt area.

A legacy donation from the late Barry Eggerman has allowed the Humboldt District Hospital Foundation (HDHF) to purchase a vein finder, a new technology to the Humboldt District Health Complex, valued at $18,000.

A vein finder

The vein finder projects a pattern of light on a patient’s skin that reveals the position of underlying veins.

Drawing blood or starting an IV – otherwise known as performing a venipuncture  – on a cancer patient, child, senior or anyone with small veins can be very challenging for staff. While physicians, Registered Nurses and Lab Technicians are well trained and do their best to insert needles or IVs only once, there can, unfortunately, be complications. This can be traumatic for patients, and difficult for a patient’s family.

The vein finder can cut down the risk of those complications. It projects a pattern of light on the patient’s skin that reveals the position of underlying veins. Not only will the veins be revealed, staff will be able to tell if the vein is healthy enough to draw blood from or to insert an IV into.

“Mr. Eggerman’s legacy donation will impact a tremendous number of patients who receive care at the Humboldt District Hospital. Receiving this donation was very emotional and we are very grateful”, stated Lorrie Bunko, HDHF Executive Director.

  

The late Barry Eggerman

The generosity of the late Barry Eggerman has allowed for the purchase of a vein finder for Humboldt District Health Complex.