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A sensor dispensing instrument is adapted to receive a generally circular sensor pack containing a plurality of blood glucose sensors. Each of the sensors are disposed in sensor cavities, each of which is in fluid communication with a corresponding desiccant cavity and has a support wall that assists in directing the sensor as its being ejected from the cavity. The sensor pack is loaded on an indexing disk in the instrument such that when a slide actuator on the instrument is moved toward a testing position, a feed mechanism engaged by the slide actuator moves a knife blade thereon toward one of the sensor cavities. The knife blade pierces a portion of a foil covering the sensor cavity and engages the sensor disposed in the cavity to thereby eject the sensor from the sensor cavity. The continued sliding of the slide actuator toward its testing position results in the sensor being completely ejected from the sensor cavity and disposed in a testing position with a testing end of the sensor projecting from the instrument. Once the blood analyzing test is completed, the slide actuator is moved in the opposite direction towards its standby position. As the slide actuator is moved away from its testing position, the indexing disk with the sensor pack thereon is rotated so that the next one of sensor cavities is positioned so that the sensor therein can be used for the next blood glucose test that is to be performed. The instrument includes circuitry to obtain test data from the sensor pack and to display testing data.

Title
Dispensing instrument for fluid monitoring sensors
Application Number
372304
Publication Number
5630986
Application Date
March 14, 1995
Publication Date
May 20, 1997
Inventor
Frank W Wogoman
Granger
IN, US
Dennis Slomski
South Bend
IN, US
Matthew A Schumann
Cambridge
GB
Joseph L Moulton
Mishawaka
IN, US
Anne T Miller
Cambridge
GB
Steven C Charlton
Osceola
IN, US
Agent
Jerome L Jeffers
Assignee
Bayer Corporation
IN, US
IPC
G01N 37/00
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