FDA Clears Intravenous Insulin Dose Calculator

Amy Tenderich Health Guide
  • Reprinted with permission from Amy Tenderich of www.diabetesmine.com.

    Oooh, here's one I hadn't heard of before: EndoTool Glucose Management, "a solution to the problem of how to effectively and safely control blood glucose for critically ill patients after surgery" -- from a company called MD Scientific.

    Glucose control for hospitalized patients is apparently notoriously bad, which (as you can imagine) leads to all sorts of problems:

    "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, each year over 2 million patients acquire infections in U.S. hospitals, resulting in 90,000 deaths and costing an estimated $50 billion in medical charges. High blood glucose levels compromise the immune system and leave patients vulnerable to infections. Controlling blood glucose for patients in critical care has been shown to reduce infections and death."
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    EndoTool software, approved by the FDA this week, is already being employed in 6,400 US hospitals. It keeps a record of all blood sugar values and insulin doses, which physicians can easily monitor, analyze, forward, and print. Presumably the intravenous "reader" is some kind of cannula or wireless pod, although I can only guess since the company's web site doesn't explain.

    Very interesting, however. Good to know that if myself or some other PWD is going in for surgery -- any surgery -- doctors will have a powerful way to regulate our blood sugar.
Published On: June 22, 2006