University Hospitals to adopt needleless blood-drawing system for inpatients

Patients at Cleveland-based University Hospitals may soon be alleviated from fear of needles and blood draws due to a partnership with Velano Vascular, a firm that developed a Food and Drug Administration-approved alternative system.

Velano's system uses a disposable device called PIVO that attaches to an IV catheter and collects blood through a tube.

"Within a hospital setting, the blood draw is one of the most common yet most critical aspects of patient care," Cheryl O'Malley, vice president of medical-surgical service for UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland. "Blood collection practices and technologies have not materially changed in decades, making it an area ripe for innovation."

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In April 2015, Gizmodo reported another device, developed by Madison, Wis.-based Tasso with a $3 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, planned to seek FDA approval late last year. The Tasso device circumvented needlesticks for blood draws by attaching to skin on a patients arm and slowly drawing microscopic droplets of blood from superficial capillaries, collecting enough for a sample within two minutes.

Another company, Seventh Sense Biosystems out of Boston, has a device to serve similar purposes in development. University Hospitals is the first major academic medical center in the U.S. to offer Velano's technology.   

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