Artificial pancreas could save lives

An artificial pancreas under development by an Asheville doctor and his son could save lives, money and time in the hospital. The device Asheville physician, Dr. Leon DeJournett, is developing would automatically maintain patient glucose levels. Current open-loop systems, such as the one used at Mission Hospital, where DeJournett is a pediatrician in the intensive care unit, require nurse assistance. The yellow and red pumps control the patient’s glucose level. Circled is the location of an intravenous catheter, which includes a glucose sensor, entering the patient’s bloodstream. That sensor measures the patient’s glucose level at least every 30 seconds. The pump system on the stand receives those data through a cable. A software program determines insulin and dextrose flow rates to keep the patient’s glucose blood level within a doctor’s…


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