Researchers from Rutgers, and Mount Sinai Hospital, recently developed a blood-drawing robot that can take patients blood more effectively than human medical professionals. The blood-drawing robot can be used for patients who do not have easily visible veins, in order to reduce the risk infections or thrombosis. Additionally, the machine can streamline the blood drawing process and frees up time for medical professionals to complete other tasks.
The robot was able to take blood samples at a success rate of 87%, where clinicians will be unsuccessful at a rate between 27-60% for patients with veins that are difficult to find. The robot is currently only a prototype and the design could be improved in the future.
Josh Leipheimer, the lead author, spoke about the machine, "A device like ours could help clinicians get blood samples quickly, safely and reliably, preventing unnecessary complications and pain in patients from multiple needle insertion attempts."
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