First closed-loop artificial pancreas insulin pump installed in seven-year-old boy

The boy was suffering from type 1 diabetes

India’s first automatically adjustable, the MiniMed 780G system, an Advanced Hybrid Closed Loop (AHCL) system, was successfully delivered and fixed on a seven-year-old boy with type 1 diabetes at Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre. The patient was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is the first one to get the advanced and automated insulin pump fixed in India. Medtronic’s MiniMedTM 780G made its first ever launch in India, at the hands of Dr V Mohan, Chairman & Consultant Diabetologist, Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre.

The MiniMed 780G insulin pump is a small electronic device, about the size of a smartphone, that can be easily carried on a belt or inside the pocket. The device is attached to the body via a thin tube called an infusion set, through which insulin is delivered. This makes insulin pump therapy very discreet. It also comes with a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) that allows one to monitor sensor glucose levels in real-time. An insulin pump replaces the need for multiple injections by delivering rapid-acting insulin continuously. This most advanced insulin pump system automatically adjusts and corrects insulin levels, thus easily stabilising one’s glucose levels.

“Designed to act like the pancreas, taking the signals from the continuous glucose monitoring device, it adjusts the insulin dosage delivery painlessly. The algorithm in the MiniMed 780G system adjusts basal and correction insulin doses in near-real-time every five minutes, thereby providing near real-time course correction, it helps make up for underestimated carbohydrate counting and occasional late or missed meal doses,” adds Dr Mohan.

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