collection may soon be automated! The world's first automated venipuncture
medical device has been developed by a team of researchers from VascuLogic,
LLC. The new medical device can perform the phlebotomy procedure with ease,
either for blood draws or the placement of IV lines.
device was found to have greater than 95% first stick accuracy, and performed
better when compared to human phlebotomists. It enables faster blood
drawing with accuracy. Difficult venous access is a common problem worldwide;
multiple punctures is responsible for patient discomfort. This is particularly
troublesome in case of children: 82% of pediatric population suffer from trypanophobia
, the fear of
needles. Multiple needle sticks are associated with increased pain, loss of
time, and increased patient and parent anxiety.
The new device can detect and perform the
venipuncture usually in one stick and with great accuracy; it relies on
detailed and high quality images of the vein and its surrounding area. Improved
technology with ultrasound and 3D reconstruction of the vein
has reduced the need of multiple attempts during
"We are encouraged by the autonomous
device as it demonstrates a solution to alleviate the anxiety both parents and
children experience with a phlebotomy procedure," said Tim Maguire, Ph.D, the CEO of VascuLogic. "For children and their families having
to bear difficult or multiple needle sticks, the fear of a visit to their
doctor is very real. Therefore, any peace of mind we can provide, particularly
when a child is fearful or needs ongoing venous access, would be of tremendous
The innovation, though originally developed for pediatric hospitals, can
also be applied to adult patients too by using appropriate gauge needles.
news is indeed promising; the new technology can revolutionize phlebotomy
by providing safer,
faster and more accurate venous access than manual method. But how long will it
take to reach every nook and corner of the
world? Will it be actually cost effective and practical when applied to the
developing world? Well, let us wait and watch!
Portable robot for autonomous
venipuncture using 3D near infrared image guidance; Alvin Chen et a;