Insulin pumps: from inception to the present and toward the future.

Alsaleh, F.M., Smith, F.J., Keady, S. and Taylor, K.M.G. (2010) Insulin pumps: from inception to the present and toward the future. Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, 35 (2). pp. 127-138. 10.1111/j.1365-2710.2009.01048.x.

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2710.2009.01048.x


As an alternative to the usual insulin injections, insulin pumps have been introduced as an advanced method of insulin delivery for managing type 1 diabetes mellitus patients. This review documents the history of insulin pump development and the production of ‘smart pumps’ that offer patients greater dosing accuracy, flexibility, and ease of use. This has resulted in an increase in the number of insulin pump users around the world. This paper also provides a comprehensive survey of the pumps currently available on the market and their specifications. Unique features of each product and the drawbacks are addressed in the review. The future direction of insulin pump development is targeted toward closing the loop, to allow feedback control between an insulin pump and a glucose sensor, and hence finer adjustment of insulin delivery rates as required.

Item Type:Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords:closed-loop system;continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion;insulin pumps;smart pumps;Type 1 diabetes mellitus
Departments, units and centres:Department of Practice and Policy > Centre for Behavioural Medicine
ID Code:1650
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
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Deposited On:09 Jul 2010 11:32
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