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

  • US 8,282,577 B2
  • Filed: 06/15/2007
  • Issued: 10/09/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/12/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A body fluid sampling system for use on a tissue site, comprising:

  • a drive force generator;

    a housing with at least a proximal portion and a distal portion, the proximal portion being a handle portion configured to be held by a user, at least a portion of the distal portion having an ergonomically contoured surface adapted to conform to a tip of a finger;

    a plurality of sample chambers and a plurality of penetrating members operatively couplable to the drive force generator, each of a sample chamber being associated with a penetrating member;

    a disposable that houses the plurality of sample chambers and the plurality of penetrating members, the disposable being positioned in the distal portion of the housing;

    a penetrating member sensor positioned to monitor the penetrating member coupled to the force generator, the penetrating member sensor configured to provide information relative to a depth of the penetrating member through a skin surface; and

    wherein the penetrating member sensor is further configured to provide an indication of velocity of the penetrating member.

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