20th Century to Present – An Ever Changing Technology – Automated Venipuncture

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20th Century to Present – An Ever Changing Technology – Automated Venipuncture

In 2013 and 2014 two companies announced they had developed fully automated venipuncture devices that both located a proper vein and stuck the patient. In 2016 a third organization also announced that their group was developing a platform device that merged robotic phlebotomy with a centrifuge-based analyzer to obtain quantitative measurements of hematology. In addition to cost of instrumentation, whether or not patients will trust an automated venipuncture device to put a needle in their arm questions their adoption. Two other automated venipuncture devices were announced, the Roblood and the BloodBot, but it appears research and development has been discontinued on both.