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Device makes children's allergy testing more efficient

26 April 2017

A device designed to make testing babies and children for allergies more efficient is being used at the James Paget University Hospital.

Staff at the Cove children’s outpatient clinic are now using a new ‘multi skin test applicator’ which can deliver eight allergy tests at the same time.

It replaces a procedure where single lancets were used individually to pierce the skin, one after the other, to complete a full test.

Young patients being tested for allergies need to sit still throughout, which can be a challenge. So the new applicator not only saves time but can also reduce stress through its simultaneous delivery, which takes only a couple of seconds.

The new applicator can test for a range of allergies associated with nuts, milk, animals and fish.