Integrated insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring technology in diabetes care today: A perspective of real-life experience with the minimed™ 670G hybrid closed-loop system

Grazia Aleppo*, Kimberly M. Webb

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Objective: Intensive glucose management with insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring therapy in insulin-treated patients with diabetes poses many challenges in all aspects of daily life. Automated insulin delivery (AID) is the ultimate goal of insulin replacement therapy to reduce the burden of managing this condition. Many systems are being tested in the clinical research setting, and one hybrid closed-loop (HCL) system has received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for use in type 1 diabetes patients above the age of 14 years. Methods: Literature review and clinical practice experience from the Diabetes and Technology Program at an academic medical center. Results: This review outlines recent advances in AID systems, focusing on the FDA-approved MiniMed™ 670G HCL system and the real-life experience 1-year post-release in an academic medical center with over 60 patients on this system. The unique challenges of adapting to this new system outside the clinical trial setting are highlighted, and a training protocol designed specifically for the onboarding of first-time users is described. Conclusion: HCL insulin therapy offers several advantages, at the same time posing unique challenges to the user. Systematic training of patients with diabetes transitioning to this system is essential for retention and success of use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)684-692
Number of pages9
JournalEndocrine Practice
Volume24
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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