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Capillary action is one mechanism microfluidics uses to draw liquid autonomously in a substrate without the need of external energy. This behaviour can be exploited to collect accurate volumes of liquids such as blood in narrow columns known as capillaries and help the development of inexpensive, user-friendly personalised biomedical tools. Precision bore glass capillaries demonstrate the 'state of the art' for volume accuracy and precision but dimension of height and radius must be carefully chosen in order to exploit the capillary action behaviour efficiently. This article investigates the influence of surface glass aging, due to prolonged exposure to humid air, and hematocrit level, on the blood capillary rise. It provides also the tools to correctly define the optimum capillary dimensions to collect an accurate volume of blood in a glass capillary.
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Name: Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids
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The volume of the HEART, usually relating to the volume of BLOOD contained within it at various periods of the cardiac cycle. The amount of blood ejected from a ventricle at each beat is STROKE VOLUME.
Volume of circulating BLOOD. It is the sum of the PLASMA VOLUME and ERYTHROCYTE VOLUME.
The volume of BLOOD passing through the HEART per unit of time. It is usually expressed as liters (volume) per minute so as not to be confused with STROKE VOLUME (volume per beat).
Method for determining the circulating blood volume by introducing a known quantity of foreign substance into the blood and determining its concentration some minutes later when thorough mixing has occurred. From these two values the blood volume can be calculated by dividing the quantity of injected material by its concentration in the blood at the time of uniform mixing. Generally expressed as cubic centimeters or liters per kilogram of body weight.
The volume of packed RED BLOOD CELLS in a blood specimen. The volume is measured by centrifugation in a tube with graduated markings, or with automated blood cell counters. It is an indicator of erythrocyte status in disease. For example, ANEMIA shows a low value; POLYCYTHEMIA, a high value.
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