Portable insulin infusion pump, England, 1981-1990
Diabetes is a condition where the pancreas cannot produce insulin, or enough insulin to break down sugars in the body to pass to the cells to release energy. The plastic tubing is inserted into the skin with a fine needle and is worn at all times. The tubing is connected to a pump which is worn inside the clothes or in a pocket. The battery operated pump delivers a set amount of insulin during the day and night, although this can be added to by patients at mealtimes. Pumps help to give people with diabetes control over their condition. This model, the Graseby MS36 made by Graseby Medical Ltd, was, in a 1986 review, considered to be the best value for money while being both small and lightweight. The pump is 150 mm in length, 60 mm wide and 25 mm high, and weighs 0.14 kg.
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Glossary: insulin infusion pump
This term refers to any form of metabolic disorder characterized by extreme thirst and excess urine production.
A hormone that causes the body's cells to take up glucose from the blood. (Diabetes is the loss of control of the body's levels of insulin.)
The introduction of a fluid other than blood into a vein.