Automated blood sampling device minimises discomfort for patients

Blood sampling you don’t even notice

We all know it. Blood sampling is not particularly enjoyable. But we manage to get through one sample. But for some diagnostic purposes, doctors need several samples over a 24hour period to establish a precise diagnosis. Today, this sampling is manual. This makes it time consuming for the staff and a huge inconvenience for the patients, who are often hospitalised during the sampling. Due to the patient inconvenience, doctors might avoid drawing the number of samples they actually need – especially on children. In addition, manual blood sampling every couple of hours is a cause of stress among patients, which could ultimately provide faulty results.

Fluisense has developed Fluispotter – a portable and fully automated blood-sampling device weighing just 75 grams. The device is attached to the patient’s arm from where it collects up to 20 blood samples within a 24hour period. This means patients can then have their blood samples taken at home in safe surroundings. This way, the device enables a high number of samples and minimises errors caused by e.g. stress. Together with two hospitals, Fluisense will test the Fluispotter as a diagnostic tool through a series of clinical trials.

Efficient coordination paved the way for success

We initially helped Fluisense by identifying the best funding programme, and planned the entire application process. Fluisense found the project partners but left the coordination to us. We took on the overall role as coordinator and made sure all partners had defined task and responsibilities in the project. Finally, we wrote the application for the Danish Innovation Fund.

Automated blood sampling device minimises discomfort for patients
Grant: Innovation Fund Denmark
Budget: 1M €
Funding: 0.8M €
Partners: Fluisense ApS, Herlev Hospital & Rigshospitalet