Blog Post #327 Time to say “Ouch”???

Time to say “Ouch”???

With my various surgeries last year, I was poked and prodded a lot of times.  Maybe the worst was when what seemed to be a new nurse (or nurse’s aide) woke me up about 1:00 a.m. to draw my blood.  

I had IV’s for various CT scans – some with dye.  

The article today looks at a robotic machine that draws blood!!!  

Taken from:

How about a robot that draws your blood?  Really!!!

The article states:

“A startup called Veebot is testing a prototype robot that they hope will draw blood faster and more accurately than a human. The goal is to automate both blood draws and IV insertions to make the process even more standard, and reduce complications. The robot has a tourniquet similar to a blood pressure cuff to make a patients’ veins more prominent. It uses infrared light, a special camera and ultrasound combined with image-analysis software to choose a vein and confirm that enough blood is flowing through it. Then the robot lines up the needle and inserts it into the arm at the calculated correct depth. The whole draw takes about a minute plus additional time depending on how much blood is being collected.

“Currently Veebot chooses the best vein about 83 percent of the time, which is on par with the average phlebotomist. The company says it will work to get the rate to 90 percent before attempting to enter clinical trials, though. Which is comforting for those of us who prefer not to interact with phlebotomists of any sort, be they human or robot.”

So Veebot uses a special camera, infrared light, ultrasound with image-analysis software to find and determine if a vein is suitable.  It inserts the needle to the right depth to contact that vein and to draw blood.

If they can get the percentage up to 90% accuracy that would be excellent and the hospital could replace that nurse’s aide who took my blood at 1:00 a.m.!!!  

With computer vision and the various sensors this sounds like a great idea.  

Let’s see … soon robots will be taking out tonsils , doing haircuts, and making dinner.  How soon before we get humanoid robots at our houses? 10 years? 20 years?

What do you think?

Would you be willing to have a robot draw your blood?


Have a great day!!



Posted by Bruce White

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