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Donation by Stanford Financial Helps Reduce the Pain of Needles
May 23, 2007 – Texas Children’s Hospital
by Elizabeth Hipp
Houston—Texas Children’s Cancer Center has discovered a new way to reduce the stress and discomfort of multiple needle sticks for patients, thanks to the new and improved Luminetx VeinViewer. Stanford Financial Group, a global financial services company, donated the new and improved device and will present it to the members of the advisory board at Texas Children’s Cancer Center on Thursday, May 24th.
The VeinViewer, developed by Memphis-based Luminetx Corporation, uses a combination of near-infrared light and patented technologies to image vascular structures, which allows physicians, nurses and other healthcare professional to clearly locate subcutaneous veins directly on the skin, thereby eradicating the possibility of numerous needle sticks. The sight range of the VeinViewer extends from the surface of the skin to approximately 6 to 8 mm deep and can distinguish arteries from veins. The device enables clinicians to visualize the location of the target area and observe any movement of the vasculature, regardless of a patient’s age, body type or skin tone.
According to R. Allen Stanford, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Stanford, this technology is amazing, and its ability to reduce the anxiety associated with needles is particularly important for the patients of Texas Children’s Cancer Center. “This device is an extraordinary breakthrough in delivering care, and anything that helps lessen the children’s discomfort is a gift that is definitely our pleasure to give,” Stanford said.
“Our primary concern is to heal the patients and make sure they endure as little pain as possible. The VeinViewer gives us the ability to ensure that the children will get the treatment they need, without being frightened of the process,” said Dr. Poplack, Director of Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
As one of the nation’s largest pediatric hospitals, Texas Children’s is renowned for its expertise and breakthrough development in the treatment of cancer, premature infants, cardiogenic disorders, diabetes, asthma, HIV/AIDS and attention-related disorders. Since opening its doors in 1954, the Texas Children’s Hospital Integrated Delivery System (IDS) has cared for more than 1 million children from every corner of the world, and has more than 2 million patient encounters a year. Internationally recognized, the hospital is ranked in the top four among children’s hospitals by both Child magazine and U.S. News and World Report.
Stanford Financial Group is a privately held, wholly owned global group of financial services companies led by Chairman and CEO R. Allen Stanford and founded by his grandfather, Lodis B. Stanford in 1932. Stanford’s core businesses are private wealth management and investment banking for institutions and emerging growth companies. Stanford provides private and institutional investors with global expertise in asset allocation strategies, investment advisory services, equity research, international private banking and trust administration, commercial banking, investment banking, merchant banking, institutional sales and trading, real estate investment and insurance. Stanford serves clients from 136 countries on six continents. Securities products and services in the United States are offered through Stanford Group Company, member NASD/SIPC. More information on the company can be found at www.stanfordfinancial.com