Potassium is an electrolyte that is essential for maintaining heart function and healthy blood pressure as well as regulating skeletal and smooth muscle contractions. It is one of several parameters measured in an electrolyte panel. Small changes in potassium levels cause no symptoms, but severe and protracted fluctuations can be life-threatening. Often a report of high potassium is due to the release of intracellular stores from ruptured blood cells during the blood draw. Thus, it is important to minimize hemolysis to achieve accurate potassium readings. Other issues that complicate sampling include difficulty in attaining vascular access and patient discomfort during the procedure. Therefore, the Seeker desires a minimally invasive blood sampling method for accurate potassium measurement.
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Awards:- $20,000 USD