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Veterans donate vein-finder device to hospital laboratory

MEMBERS of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States on Wednesday donated a vein-finder device to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. laboratory.

"The device is used in blood collection which is also called phlebotomy,” CHCC laboratory director Philip A. Dauterman said. "With some people, it is hard to find a vein so it is hard to do the lab testing.”

He said the device, when held above the skin, uses LED infrared light, which allows veins to "shine” through skin. "This will allow more accurate identification of areas from which we can draw blood for laboratory tests.”

"It is important for patients,” Dauterman added as he thanked the members of the VFW for the donation. "And it is very helpful to us. It will help us out a lot when drawing a patient’s blood — the initial step in lab testing.”

In a separate interview, VFW chief financial officer Mariano Fajardo said: "We are an organization that helps the community out. We want to let them know that we are here for them for a good purpose and for a good reason.”

In the past, VFW donated money to Garapan Elementary School when it needed to buy an air-conditioning unit.

"We also help out families who are in need,” Fajardo said. "This is the first time for us to donate medical equipment. This is the first time we have been approached by the CHCC Volunteers Association. It’s a very small machine, but it will help nurses locate the vein quicker which will mean less pain for patients.”

CHCC Volunteers Association president John Gonzales said: "We are grateful for this latest acquisition of much needed sophisticated medical equipment to serve the needs of our patients. We thank the VFW for donating this important equipment. It is little things like this that make the quality of life of our people better.”

  Brad Ruszala - 8/24/2017
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