From North Hollywood, California, USA:
Why can't an insulin pump be designed to automatically respond to high glucose readings by the short acting insulin? This sounds like it can be done. All that needs to done is to set the amount of insulin that needs to be injected at curtain readings the more frequently the blood glucose is measured by the pump the better the control. Can you tell me if this is possible, if it is coming up in the near future?
Manufacturers of pumps and glucose sensors are trying very hard indeed to do exactly what you are suggesting. Minimed is starting to make a unit in which the glucose sensor, electronics, and the pump controls, are encased in the same unit, but are otherwise unrelated.
Obviously the hope is that this situation will soon change. The main problem at the moment from a clinical point of view is that glucose sensors fade and still sometimes and in some people do not respond properly. If the sensors were to control the pump, it is thus quite possible that there would be serious errors in the insulin dose.
Original posting 10 Jan 1999
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Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:00
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