A new medical device has been developed that will provide phlebotomists and doctors with a technology to enable blood drawing quality of being very close to the truth or true number at first stick. This is especially important thinking about/when one thinks about the many different kinds of people or things patient related to information about people each with different levels of very hard vein-related access. Soon, this improved quality of being very close to the truth or true number will greatly reduce patient discomfort as well as procedure time and cost.

A team of people who work to find information from VascuLogic, LLC, have developed the world’s first automated venipuncture medical device that automates the phlebotomy procedure, either for blood draws or the placement of IV lines. In both in vitro and in vivo validation studies, including validation on human subjects, the device demonstrated greater than 95% first stick quality of being very close to the truth or true number, and also/and outperformed human phlebotomist controls.

56% of the adult population and 82% of paediatric population suffer from trypanophobia, the fear of needles. Tryphanophobia is just one of the issues faced by doctors when needing to draw blood. The people who work to find information from Vasculogic, LLC conducted their own intensive survey of over 200 US based phlebotomists, identified very hard vein-related access as a significant problem in small children, especially in terms of pain, time, and patient and parent fear and stress due to difficult/multiple needle stick(s). Also/and they have validated that parent acceptance of the device is over 98%, given demonstrated effectiveness and safety of the device.

First and most importantly, the team worked on the safety features for the new device. Arm handcuffs, etc./things that slow down or hold back something, real-time watching and following during injection at every 3 milliseconds, and having no germs/unable to have children disposable sleeves to prevent contamination between patients, are some of the safety features put into use.

One of the early challenges to the design of the device was the current vein imaging and modelling technology. The device depends on described/explained and high quality images of the vein and its surrounding area to secure/make sure of the quality of being very close to the truth or true number of the venipuncture. By improving the imaging technology with ultrasound and 3D reconstruction of the vein, the device can detect and perform the procedure in one stick. This cancels the situation of having make many attempts for a successful venipuncture.

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“We are encouraged by the self-ruling device as it demonstrates a solution to help reduce the fear and stress-related both parents and children experience with a phlebotomy procedure,” said Tim Maguire, Ph.D., Vasculogic’s CEO. “For children and their families having to bear very hard or multiple needle sticks, the fear of a visit to their doctor is very real. Therefore, any peace of mind we can provide, especially when a child is afraid/scary or needs happening now vein-related access, would be of huge/extreme benefit.”

Though at first/before other things happened developed for paediatric hospitals, the device can also be applied to adult patients too. The only change to make better/related to changing something that needs to be made is the selection of the gauge needle based on the patient. This fully automated venipucture device would greatly improve the whole procedure, save cost and above all, provide much needed relief to parents and patients facing very hard venipuncture procedures.

( compiled by: Mankala )