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VA ClotChip™ Technology Provides Rapid Point-of-Care Assessment

Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Rebecca Polito, APT Center; Graphic credit: Grace Gongaware

ClotChip™ is a portable sensor that can assess the clotting ability of a person’s blood 95 times faster than existing methods using only a single drop of blood. It provides a rapid, point-of-care (POC) assessment of the integrity of clotting factors and platelet activity. Currently, such results are obtainable only with specialized laboratory testing that can take 24 hours or more for results. Because this device works so quickly, physicians can use it at the POC to determine whether a patient is on a blood thinner medication or not.

Located on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, the BioMicroSystems Laboratory employs advanced engineering techniques to develop portable diagnostic and monitoring devices for predictive, preventative, and personalized medicine. Its researchers are a part of the Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Center, a National VA Rehabilitation Research & Development Center that focuses on serving veterans with sensorimotor dysfunction, cognitive impairment, or limb loss using cutting-edge technologies and rehabilitation techniques.

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