Tissue penetration device

  • US 20060195130A1
  • Filed: 12/23/2005
  • Published: 08/31/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/12/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method of lancing the tissue of a patient comprising:

  • (a) providing a tissue penetration element having a tip configured to penetrate tissue and a shaft portion;

    (b) disposing the tissue penetration element in proximity to the tissue of the patient;

    (c) driving the tissue penetration element distally towards the tissue of the patient;

    (d) making contact between the tip and the tissue of the patient;

    (e) advancing the tip into the tissue during a penetration stroke to a position of maximum inward displacement;

    (f) allowing the tissue penetration element to settle upon reaching the point of maximum inward penetration for at least about 1 millisecond with no driving force imposed on the tissue penetration element; and

    (g) displacing the tissue penetration element proximally over a withdrawal stroke and removing the tip from the tissue.

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