What is the sensor-augmented insulin pump system for type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM)?

Updated: Jul 28, 2020
  • Author: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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In September 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a sensor-augmented insulin pump system that includes an automated low-glucose suspend safety feature (Medtronic's MiniMed 530G with Enlite) for use by patients aged 16 years and older with type 1 DM. [101, 102] When the continuous glucose sensor detects that blood sugar has fallen below a preset threshold (60-90 mg/dL) and the patient fails to respond to a first alarm, the pump automatically stops insulin delivery. The manufacturer indicates the Elite sensor is 31% more accurate than previous-generation sensors, as well as being 69% smaller and simpler to insert. [101, 102]


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