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From Redmond, Washington, USA:

My 4.5 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with Type 1. You have stated that the current pumps would not be appropriate for her age, but that a "closed-loop pump" might be. How close is a "closed-loop pump" to the marketplace and which company(s) are developing it?


A "closed loop" system is one in which impulses from an implanted glucose sensor feed directly into the control system of the insulin pump. For very obvious reasons this has to be impeccably reliable. At the moment the manufacturer that is nearest to this objective is Minimed: but although they have an excellent pump and an improving subcutaneous sensor any sort of an artificial external pancreas is still many years away.


Original posting 2 Apr 1999
Posted to Insulin Pumps


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