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Patent Issued for Method and Assembly for Determining the Temperature of a Test Sensor

08/21/2014 | 01:12am US/Eastern
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By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- A patent by the inventors Parasnis, Narasinha (Nanuet, NY); Sun, Hoi-Cheong Steve (Mount Kisco, NY); Wu, Mu (Hopewell Junction, NY), filed on June 8, 2010, was published online on August 12, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents.

Patent number 8801273 is assigned to Bayer HealthCare LLC (Whippany, NJ).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The quantitative determination of analytes in body fluids is of great importance in the diagnoses and maintenance of certain physiological abnormalities. For example, lactate, cholesterol and bilirubin are monitored in certain individuals. In particular, it is important that individuals with diabetes frequently check the glucose level in their body fluids to regulate the glucose intake in their diets. The results of such tests can be used to determine what, if any, insulin or other medication needs to be administered. In one type of blood-glucose testing system, test sensors are used to test a sample of blood.

"A test sensor contains biosensing or reagent material that reacts with, for example, blood glucose. For example, the testing end of the sensor may be adapted to be placed into contact with the fluid being tested (e.g., blood) that has accumulated on a person's finger after the finger has been pricked. The fluid may be drawn into a capillary channel that extends in the sensor from the testing end to the reagent material by capillary action so that a sufficient amount of fluid to be tested is drawn into the sensor. The tests are typically performed using a meter that receives the test sensor into a test-sensor opening and applies optical or electrochemical testing methods.

"The accuracy of such testing methods however may be affected by the temperature of the test sensor. For example, the result of the chemical reaction between blood glucose and a reagent on a test sensor may vary at different temperatures. To achieve an accurate reading, the actual measurement is corrected based on the actual sensor temperature, taken right before the reaction begins. The conventional way to measure the test sensor temperature involves reading a resistive value from a thermistor placed near the test-sensor opening. The thermistor resistance recalculates the chemical reaction result. This correction method is based on an assumption that a sensor temperature is the same as the thermistor temperature placed near the test-sensor opening. In reality, however, the thermistor, which is typically located on a printed circuit board, actually provides the temperature of the meter. Because the temperature of the meter can be very different from the test sensor temperature, the analyte measurement may be inaccurate."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "Aspects of the present invention provide methods and assemblies for measuring the temperature of a reagent on a test sensor used to collect a sample of body fluid. The reagent reacts with an analyte in the sample of body fluid and the level of reaction may be measured to determine the concentration of analyte in the sample. The level of reaction may be affected by changes in temperature of the reagent. By determining a temperature for the reagent, aspects of the present invention account for the reagent's sensitivity to temperature and thus obtain a more accurate calculation of the concentration of analyte in the sample. Further aspects of the present invention provide techniques for implementing and calibrating a temperature-measuring system to obtain more accurate and reliable temperature measurements of the test sensor.

"Accordingly, embodiments provide a device for determining an analyte concentration in a fluid sample. A receiving port receives a test sensor. The test sensor includes a fluid-receiving area for receiving a fluid sample. The fluid-receiving area contains a reagent that produces a measurable reaction with an analyte in the fluid sample. The test sensor has a test-sensor temperature and the reagent has a reagent temperature. A measurement system measures the reaction between the reagent and the analyte. A temperature-measuring system measures the test sensor temperature when the test sensor is received into the receiving port. A concentration of the analyte in the fluid sample is determined according to the measurement of the reaction and the measurement of the test sensor temperature. A diagnostic system determines an accuracy of the temperature-measuring system.

"In an example embodiment, the diagnostic system above includes a reference object that achieves at least one reference temperature. The temperature-measuring system measures at least one test temperature for the reference object when the reference object achieves the at least one reference temperature. The diagnostic system determines the accuracy of the temperature-measuring system by comparing the at least one test temperature to the corresponding reference temperature. Furthermore, the device may be calibrated according to the accuracy of the temperature-measuring system.

"Embodiments also provide a method for testing a meter. The meter determines an analyte concentration in a fluid sample collected on a test sensor by measuring a reaction between the analyte and a reagent on the test sensor. The meter includes a temperature-measuring system that determines a test sensor temperature. The meter uses the test sensor temperature as a parameter in determining the analyte concentration. The method includes the step of changing a temperature of a reference object to a specified reference temperature. The reference object is positioned in the meter for measurement by the temperature-measuring system. The method also includes the step of determining, with the temperature-measuring system, a test temperature for the reference object when the reference object achieves the reference temperature. Furthermore, the method includes the step of determining an accuracy of the temperature-measuring system by comparing the test temperature to the reference temperature.

"These and other aspects of the present invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments of the present invention when viewed in conjunction with the accompanying drawings."

URL and more information on this patent, see: Parasnis, Narasinha; Sun, Hoi-Cheong Steve; Wu, Mu. Method and Assembly for Determining the Temperature of a Test Sensor. U.S. Patent Number 8801273, filed June 8, 2010, and published online on August 12, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8801273.PN.&OS=PN/8801273RS=PN/8801273

Keywords for this news article include: Bayer HealthCare LLC.

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