BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medical Policy Manual

Laser Device for Obtaining Blood Sample


Laser devices used to obtain capillary blood samples are designed to pierce the skin with a laser using a single pulse of laser light. The individual inserts a finger into a slot on the device and then activates the laser with a push of a button.  The laser light produces a hole by vaporizing water in the skin. The blood sample is obtained by applying pressure, pushing blood to the wound and out onto the surface of the skin. An example of a laser device is the LasetteĀ® Plus. Typically these devices would be used for diabetic blood sampling.




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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