This wearable automated blood sampling system is a unique, new technology to be used for collection and storage of 20 serial blood samples over the course of 20 hours or less with minimal blood loss in animals. Fluispotter is not yet approved for human use.
Fluispotter is programmable and will collect the samples according to individually designed sampling schedules decided by the user. Drops of blood are dispensed onto a roll of special paper at a requested rate, and can subsequently be analyzed one by one.
The system records the timing of each sample thus enabling accurate monitoring of changes in the blood.
Fluispotter is especially beneficial in studies where:
- Concentration or presence of analytes in blood needs to be determined frequently over the course of 20 hours or less
- Determination of analytes needs to be performed without disturbing or interfering with the free roaming animal at the time of sampling
- Limited freedom to move, discomfort and stress associated with conventional blood sampling techniques would interfere with the purpose of the study or cause unwanted distress to the subject
Indications for use could be studies in basic and applied research, e.g.:
- pharmacokinetics and –dynamics (PK/PD)
- safety pharmacology