For American diabetes survivors who use an insulin pump with a continuous glucose monitor (or CGM) we have been waiting for the introduction of the next generation Minimed pump currently in use in Europe. That pump, called the Minimed VEO has a feature where if a CGM detects glucose has fallen below a specified level the pump automatically suspends the delivery of basal insulin. Delivery automatically resumes when the glucose again rises back up above that predetermined level. A new study was recently published demonstrating that the application of this concept is safe.
Getting closer to to the artifical pancreas...encouraging.
I use the Veo + CGM (live in Norway), and it is a lifesaver!! Altohugh I have a loud alarm for lows at night, I don't hear them under my duvet. So sometimes if I'm slightly high in the mornings I'll check my alarmlog, which will let me know when the low bs alarm went off and suspended insulin for two hours! Great! No more morning migranes due to overnight lows!! Don't understand how I managed without it - well I barely did.. It can be good for daytime as well, as when I quickly go low I often don't notice or will be too low to act proper on it, and the annoying alarm (like a fire truck!) while suspending insulin will help until I can get my act together.. (and you can always opt to unsuspend when you want to!
This is more than safe in my eyes, it's a lifesaver :)
Thanks for posting the study Tom .
Canadians have access to the Medtronic Veo pump; I wear one, since Feb 2011 ( Paradigm 554 ) ...waiting for the Enlite upgrade , Health Canada has to make the final decision .I have seen the Enlite CGMS, October 2011 while attending the Canadian Diabetes Association's NAGM , Toronto .I spoke with a Medtronic person this past Saturday at an Expo ; she suggested the Enlite maybe available by Fall 2012 ? What really works for me, is when I travel by myself , wear the sensor and receive alarms , when BG is running low and suspends delivery .I do finger poke to confirm .