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Portable device detects blood group in five minutes

Device designed to help in emergencies, can be used to detect diseases like pneumonia, syphilis and malaria

 
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Device helps eliminate human error and shifts the laboratory Ana Ferraz, master and PhD in Bioinformatics in Electronics and Computer Engineering at the University of UMinho
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Ana Ferraz, master and PhD in Bioinformatics in Electronics and Computer Engineering at the University of UMinho

Researcher at the University of Minho in Portugal, has developed a new device that can automatically detect blood group in five minutes.

The project, which received the name of For a Better World was developed in order to help in emergencies, and the detection time, less than half of current detectors of the genre, is perfectly suited to these situations.

According to the responsible unit, Ana Ferraz, the fact that the process is completely automated, without the intervention of technical causes "which eliminates human error and are unnecessary visits to the laboratory. Thus the risk of mismatch are reduced."

The blood is normally done with a syringe. The blood is introduced into each of the wells of the device. Then, a reagent is placed and before long the identification is made between Rh and ABO.

Besides this main function, the device can also be used to detect various diseases such as pneumonia, syphilis, and malaria.

Through a computer application, data can be sent directly to the hospital, for example, start preparing the transfusion, even before the patient arrives.

The project won the national edition of Imagine Cup a world-class technological competition organized by Microsoft and aimed at college students, and will represent Portugal in the World Cup final, which will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, between 8 and July 11.

Source: Isaude.net
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