Innovative Needle-Free Blood Draw: A Painless Future for Diabetics

Investment in health-care related devices has become a burgeoning trend among many of the world's biggest companies. Web and tech giant, Google is no exception. Diabetes care in particular has received a great deal of attention, as according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), 9 percent of adults over 18 years of age world-wide live with this disease, including 29 million Americans. This year alone, 1.5 million deaths have been attributed to diabetes.


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The patent

Google's latest initiative concerns a patent for a "Needle-Free Blood Draw." Published on December 3 of this year, the device invented by Californians, Eric Peters and Peter H. Smith, is described  as one that "uses an abrupt surge of gas to give a micro-particle enough momentum to pierce a person's skin. Then a micro-emergence of  blood is drawn into a barrel."

The patent is still pending, and Google isn't releasing any information about its exact intentions. There are two possible designs published: one is a smart watch and the other could be a hand-held device placed on the tip of a finger that draws blood from different parts of the body.


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How does this device work?

The device provides a faster and painless means of getting viable blood samples without the conventional 'pin prick' method. It works by utilizing a pressure barrel to extract the blood. It creates a chain reaction when the air in the barrel is released as it forces a trigger to shoot a micro-particle, which is samller than a human hair, at supersonic speed toward the barrel's opening on the wearer's skin. This creates a miniscule break in the skin  and the negative pressure sucks up the droplet as it is escaping from the tiny cut.


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Future ramifications of this unique device

It is possible that such a device could eliminate the need for traditional glucose monitoring devices, which can be painful. It is also possible that this new device might not be considered practical for complete blood testing.  Those suffering from diabetes 2 can use it, as they might prefer a self-administered blood sugar test.

Diabetes is a silent killer that attacks without warning and lives within the bodies of many who remain undiagnosed. Although the diabetes battlefield has become easier to navigate over the course of the last few years with the advent of many new medical innovations, the fight against this disease, which has reached epidemic proportions in the last decade, is far from over.

Can you think of  other new products concerning diabetic care have reached the market place?
Closing thoughts on diabetes:

I  have diabetes, but diabetes doesn't have me. ~ Patti LaBelle