Automatic control of blood glucose levels in diabetes patient
The Technical University of Madrid, in collaboration with the Sabadell Hospital, has developed an algorithm that automatically calculates the insulin dose that should be administered to a continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion or ‘insulin pump', in order to maintain healthy blood glucose levels. The control algorithm has been evaluated with a group of patients during the night and has managed to increase by 340% the time in normal glucose levels (80-110 mg/dl), therefore avoiding hypoglycemia during the night. The insulin pump manufacturers are potential customers of this algorithm which could be integrated easily into these devices.
The control algorithm could be included directly into a continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion or to an external device capable of communicating in real time with the insulin pump and a continuous glucose sensor. The algorithm is based on rules and forecasting techniques. Its operation is customized for each patient allowing maintain blood glucose levels within normal limits.
Its use will prevent low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), especially during night, which is when patients have more difficulty recognizing the symptoms.
“Automatic algorithm to maintain glucose levels within normal limits and minimize the risk of hypo-and hyperglycemia”
"The artificial pancreas can prevent and avoid hypoglycaemia and the occurrence of complications in the future due to poor metabolic control"
The control algorithm has been evaluated at the Sabadell Hospital with a group of patients during the night and has managed to increase by 340% the time in normal glucose levels (80-110 mg/dl), therefore avoiding hypoglycemia during the night.
Artificial Pancreas contact
Mª Elena Hernando
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Area
Centre of Support for Technological Innovation – UPM