A patch replaces the syringe

The novelty can be used to collect blood samples for diagnosis, sugar level monitoring and decongestion. The authors of the special patch are scientists from Perm and their US colleagues.

Russian experts from Perm and their US counterparts are going to start clinical trials of the special patch that replaces syringes in 2014, ITAR-TASS news agency reports. The trials will be run in Russia and the United States. The patch has a rubber base, the size of a pushpin.

On the surface of the patch, there is a hundred of hollow polymeric needles. For a blood test, a patch should be applied for 15 minutes. Scientists claim that the procedure is painless and leaves no marks on the skin. The patch can also be used for vaccinations of people and animals. Another application of the invention is for fast-track decongestion.

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