E. Alton, IL. - The modern blood draw methods date back to bloodletting

techniques performed by battlefield barbers in the 19th Century. The researchers

keep tweaking the tools, and even adding new tools (i.e. the IV pump, the vein

finder tool), and some on working in a porcupine quill needle template, and

others on a robot that can perform these procedures, but still each year millions

of people are injured by IVs, blood donations and routine blood draws. In 2008

alone, there were an estimated 174 million ‘vein access failure’ in US hospitals –

‘estimated’ because no body formally tracks failures. Damages range from

bruises and botched samples to disabling nerve injuries and even amputations.

After an intense 20-year study of these vein access procedures, which includes

vein anatomy, RN Gail Stotler believes she has a solution. But to get labs,

nursing, and radiology to accept it she first must debunk a cherished ritual from

the 1800s—the use of a tourniquet.


Bloodletting required the use of the tourniquet to prevent patients from

‘bleeding to death’. As the practice evolved, when the needle was invented and

the razor/scalpel was put aside, no one questioned the continued use of the

‘rubber hose’. But Stotler found the tourniquet itself causes an artificial

distention of the vein, leading to failed sticks, vein ruptures, and an array of


The solution is low-tech. Stotler’s Illinois-based Vein Access Technologies has

already trained more than 1500 vein access techs in careful palpation and

grading of the vein, without use of a tourniquet. The new method results in

successful one-stick event 95-99% of the time.

Stotler’s aim is to transform blood draw technique worldwide--but will the

medical establishment be willing to do away with a time-honored tradition?

“For 1600 hundred years a tourniquet has been used.” says Stotler. “Patients are

thrilled to discover that their procedure could be done without a tourniquet, or a

snug one if needed.” It was causing pain before the needle was even inserted.

To learn more about Gail Stotler’s crusade to prevent injury and reform an antiquated medical practice, there is a FREE lecture:


No More Pain In Your Vein:  The Better Blood Draw

April 17, 2014, Thursday, 1pm-2pm OR 5:30pm-6:30pm

SIUe - Morris Center - Hickory Room


RSVP required:  register at www.VATmethod.com or call us at 618-259-7781


Lecture about the new information and new way to perform these procedures without causing all that pain and injury.


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