Methods and apparatus for lancet actuation

  • US 7,981,056 B2
  • Filed: 06/18/2007
  • Issued: 07/19/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/19/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method for actuating a bodily fluid extraction device, comprising:

  • providing a penetrating member device that includes at least one penetrating member, a tissue interface surface, and a sample reservoir as a single packaged unit;

    pushing down on at least a portion of the tissue interface surface with a body surface; and

    applying pressure on at least a portion of the tissue interface surface to push down and electrically actuate a driver to advance the penetrating member to pierce the body surface;

    detecting thermally the presence of body fluid from the pierced body surface;

    collecting the body fluid in the sample reservoir;

    disposing the penetrating member device including the penetrating member, the tissue interface surface, and the sample reservoir as one integrated unit after analyzing the body fluid.

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