Blood is the essential physiological parameter when it comes to assessing patient health, going from routine check-ups to complex tests for infectious diseases. Each step in the process of drawing blood for analysis affects the quality of the specimen and is thus important for preventing laboratory error, patient injury and even death. For example, errors can cause false blood culture results, prolong hospitalization, delay diagnosis and cause unnecessary use of antibiotics. Every minute, more than 10,000 venipunctures are being performed in the world. However, needles have not changed for more than 150 years. The needle normally produces only transitory mild discomfort. However, from 3.5 to 10% of the population suffer from belonephobia (extreme fear of needles) avoiding healthcare settings.
SmartSyringe is a needle-free solution which is able to extract, collect and analyse blood in a painless, safe an easy way. The solution represents a breakthrough especially for blood collection in developing countries. As almost no training is required for proper usage, it can facilitate diagnostics in areas where there is a lack of healthcare professionals and can enable monitoring of major global infectious diseases such as HIV, Malaria and Hepatitis.