University of Southern Denmark to automate blood sample taking  

2007.01.26
A number of Danish organisations including the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Southern Denmark are developing a robot which can take blood samples
A number of Danish organisations including the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Southern Denmark are developing a robot which can take blood samples, an automation which is expected to benefit both patients and staff. In the long term, the aim is to make an automated device which patients can operate themselves.
 
Anders Sørensen, who heads the development project Roblood, comments: "The robot can read where to make a prick on a patient's arm and take the sample with greater precision than humans can. So the robot will reduce the number of errors made, and do the work faster and in many cases better than humans."
 
From a technical point of view, a Roblood prototype could take up to 10 years to develop. "It can be difficult to find a patient's veins and so we are looking at several possibilities including ultrasound and a special light which makes veins more visible so the machine can work with 100% certainty. The next step is to make sure that the needle is not inserted too deeply."
 
The Institute for Industrial Design at the Design College in Kolding is also involved in the project. Its task is to propose how the machine can be designed so it does not frighten patients. The news was reported by national daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

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