Auto-Off Feature for Insulin Pumps Boosts Safety

June 26, 2013

June 26, 2013

An in home study was conducted by Richard Bergenstal, MD of the International Diabetes Center and colleagues on the Automation to Stimulate Pancreatic Insulin Response. The study made use of an insulin pump programmed to shut down if the patient’s blood-sugar dipped too low while they slept. 247 patients with type 1 diabetes and nocturnal hypoglycaemia were observed. 121 of these patients received sensor-augmented insulin-pump therapy and the remaining 126 patients received standard sensor-augmented insulin therapy.

After a period of three months, results showed a drop in low-sugar episodes by about one-third in the patients using the pump with the auto shut-off feature. Other findings included an absence of severely low blood sugar cases in the sensor-augmented insulin pump therapy patients. In the group using pumps without the extra programming, four cases of such incidents were reported. With more testing and research, Dr. Bargenstalsays that this feature could very well be the first step to the development of an artificial pancreas. As medical advancements in infusion systems continue to arise, it is important for hospitals and healthcare providers to have up-to-date and properly serviced infusion pumps. AIV offers parts and services for most leading infusion pumps. Browse through AIV’s replacement pump parts and repair services at

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Laura Collier

Laura Collier

Laura Collier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is the Marketing Manager at AIV, Inc.

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