Sunday, August 20, 2017

NCL unveils needle-free laser lancet prototype

Medical device firm NCL, part of Skolkovo’s biomed cluster, recently presented its prototype laser lancet, which collects capillary blood samples without making any physical skin contact.

Engineers created the lancet for professional medical personnel. Now health professionals can collect blood samples at in transfusion stations, laboratories, health care facilities and various other medical facilities.

The lancet, which looks similar to a futuristic table microscope, stands 30 cm tall. A simple button operates the laser. It is a small, but powerful, tool that will positively impact the larger health community.

There are many advantages to using a laser to collect blood.

Needles are more likely to cause pain or infections -- including diseases -- while the laser inflicts less pain and is more sanitary. The laser ensures improved hygiene through its use of disposable plastic caps.

In addition, laser punctures heal faster than needle punctures. In addition, medical professionals can select one of the laser’s five puncture depths, which may change based on how much blood needs to be collected.

Laser blood collection also would reduce the costs associated with treating infections, avoid sample contaminations and eliminate the need for needle disposal.

“Our device is created with unique laser skin puncture technology and has proved to have big export potential,” Ekaterina Savchuk, NCL's general director, said.

Expert analysts at NCL said the health industry can save more than $7 million by using the Russian-produced lancet instead of imported utensils.

“Everyone noticed its attractive design and were pleasantly surprised to find out it was designed in Russia,” Savchuk said. “At the exhibition, the interest was predominantly from European and Asian medical technology distributors.”

The lancet was first presented in Dusseldorf, Germany, at the health care industry expo Medica 2014.

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