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The Results Are In

September 26, 2017

So, among the many things I've been doing at work, I have finally been able to test the Oxy-ISO and Oxy-Amp phleblotomy safety glasses thoroughly. Of the 200 donors whose veins were looked at with these lenses (by about 5 different phlebotomists as well as myself), the results were mixed. Now, first, as I reminded the phlebs, you can't expect these lenses to work like venoscopes--these glasses amplify color differences through, for lack of a better term, polarization (this is a very simplified explanation).

I asked the phlebotomists to grade the lenses (on a scale of 1-7, 1 being the worst, 7 being the best) in the following categories: durability, effectiveness, usability, and price for product. Phlebotomists were given time to adjust to wearing the lenses, and the lenses were used in an office setting with flourescent lighting with light diffusing covers. Here's what I walked away with while speaking with the phlebotomists:

1. Durability: 7
The lenses are built to last; they aren't cheaply made. This made some of the phlebotomists trust the product a bit more as they weren't worried about being "scammed." 

2. Effectiveness: 4
These lenses do help locate veins. However, the general consensus was that the lenses only helped a little bit. Usually, they helped amplify darker veins that weren't too deep in fair-skinned to light-tanned skin the best. Veins that were deep or veins in darker complexioned donors weren't any more noticeable than without the lenses.

3. Usability: 3
The lenses didn't produce enough positive results in the office environment to warrant using them full time. They didn't help turn poorly visible veins into easy sticks. However, they did help confirm the actual size and location of some veins (e. g. smaller veins were stuck with more confidence in fair-skinned to light-tanned skin).

4. Price for Product: 5
While the lenses aren't out of the affordability range for most offices and/or phlebotomists, the price could come down a bit. Most of the phlebotomists agreed that a $85-$95 price range (not the $150+ range) would be a better asking price that would tempt most of them to buy their own pair.

A side-note to this is that the phlebotomists agreed that the Oxy-ISO lenses worked better in these office conditions than the Oxy-AMP. These lenses are a solid product, and I would recommend the Oxy-ISO glasses to phlebotomists as they are a great aid in certain situations. I again want to thank VINO Optics for supplying both pairs of lenses for testing and for their patience while waiting for feedback from me.

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