BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medical Policy Manual

Laser Device for Obtaining Blood Sample


Laser skin perforator devices are indicated for the perforation of skin to draw capillary blood for screening purposes. These devices are portable and battery operated. They produce a single pulse of laser light which ablates a small hole in an individualā€™s fingertip by vaporizing water in the skin. An example of a laser device is the LasetteĀ® Plus.




No randomized controlled studies were found in the published literature that would validate the efficacy of using laser devices to obtain blood samples.


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MOST RECENT REVIEW DATE:  10/10/2019    


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