Method and apparatus for lancet launching device integrated onto a blood-sampling cartridge

  • US 20070249963A1
  • Filed: 06/26/2007
  • Published: 10/25/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/12/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A sampling device comprising:

  • a disposable cartridge comprising a conduit, a reservoir for collecting a blood sample, said reservoir having a narrow opening on an ergonomically contoured surface of said cartridge;

    a lancet for obtaining a blood sample from a finger, said lancet having a first distal end and a first proximal end, said lancet embedded within said conduit, said conduit running from a cavity within said cartridge to an orifice on said ergonomically contoured surface, said first proximal end used to pierce said finger, said lancet oriented so that the first distal end is longitudinal to the cavity, and the first proximal end is longitudinal to the orifice;

    a launcher on said device fitted within said cavity, said launcher having a second proximal end and a second distal end;

    said second proximal end connecting to said first distal end; and

    a sensor affixed to said device, said sensor adjacent to the second distal end, said sensor detecting said finger on the ergonomically contoured surface;

    said sensor initiating a lancing cycle.

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