Ultrafiltrate sampling device for continuous monitoring
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A light, portable sampling device for the continuous collection and storage of subcutaneous fluid is described. It consists of a hollow-fibre probe for ultrafiltration, a long tube for sample storage and a vacuum tube as driving force. Introduction of a restriction in the flow path allows a constant pulse-free flow as low as 100 nl min−1. The contents of the storage tube reflect the metabolic events that have happened during the 24 h collection period. The ultrafiltrate fluid collected from the subcutaneous tissue is free from large molecules and can be continuously analysed. An application in combination with a bionsensor for the analysis of glucose is described, but the device also allows monitoring of other subcutaneous constituents such as ions, metabolites, drugs and their metabolites.
KeywordsBiosensor Glucose Ultrafiltration 24 h monitoring
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