A couple years ago we profiled a prototype device that may replace phlebotomists altogether. The Veebot uses an infrared light to illuminate the inner arm and a camera to pick out the location of the veins. Once spotted, an ultrasound probe glides over the vein identified as a good candidate and makes sure there’s sufficient blood flow moving through it. Once everything is confirmed, the robot moves the needle into position and inserts it carefully into the vein.
Just recently, a new video surfaced from the National Institutes of Health showing off a new device from Vasculogic. It certainly looks slick and hope it performs just as well. Here’s the device performing a blood draw with little emotion:
(hat tip: SurgRob)