We have here an interesting video explanation of the ultrasound method of studying vein damage which can result from injecting drug use. I have had the opportunity to be involved with Richard Senbanjo in his work in this area, and we have three papers which describe the method and the findings, as well as a video explaining the clinical procedure.
For further reading, see the paper in Addiction 2010 (click here) for an introduction to the behaviour of groin injecting (injecting into femoral vein); and also our paper available online with Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2011 (click here) on 'the needle and the damage done', which introduces the method of femoral ultrasonography as a clinic-based method of assessment. A third paper, Preliminary findings of a point-of-care ultrasound service for opioid-dependent groin injectors in treatment, has been published online in the Harm Reduction Journal 2012 (click here).
I am particularly pleased to introduce this video clip in which Richard Senbanjo describes the technique, not just because Richard is a honorary researcher with us here at the National Addiction Centre as well as his primary position as Clinical Director at KCA, but also because Richard is a graduate from our Addictions MSc from earlier years. I am sure you will find this blend of addictions studies and physical health care study really interesting.
Professor John Strang
For video, please click below.