Clinical Need

The ICU environment is a very chaotic  setting with critically ill patients demanding 100% focus from the  bedside nurses who are responsible for their care. Given the constant  and sometimes overwhelming demands placed on ICU nurses, they  have little time to take on any extra burdens, yet glucose  control using today’s technology has been shown to take up to 2 hours of  nursing time per day per patient. Even then, safe and effective glucose control remains difficult to achieve, with ICU patients still suffering from high rates of hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia and large glucose variability despite the best efforts of the ICU nursing staff. Poor performance with regards to these three glucose control metrics can increase overall ICU patient morbidity and mortality rates by up to 40%.


Currently, blood glucose control in an  ICU consists of the nurse drawing blood from the patient, measuring the  blood glucose level on a bedside glucose meter, then either looking  up a new intravenous insulin dose on a paper chart or typing the glucose  level into a computer and having the computer give a new insulin dose.  With the newly recommended insulin dose in hand, the nurse then goes  back to the patient’s bedside and manually adjusts the rate of  intravenous (IV) insulin on the IV pump. In order to maintain good blood  glucose control, the nurse may have to repeat this process on an hourly  basis.


The Artificial Intelligence (AI) based  Artificial Pancreas system developed by Ideal Medical  Technologies is a closed loop system that acts autonomously and only requires 20 minutes of daily nursing time to manage, with most of this time spent on twice a day glucose sensor calibration and daily replacement of the IV  insulin and glucose used by the AI based system. 


This will allow the  nurse to spend 100 more minutes a day on direct patient care, which  should serve to improve the overall quality of patient care. In addition, the AI based Artificial Pancreas system will be able to safely and effectively keep the ICU patient’s blood glucose level in the range that  the treating physician feels is most appropriate, while at the same  time avoiding the glucose metrics than can increase ICU patients morbidity/mortality  rates – hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia and increased glucose variability. 


Effective glucose control will have the direct effect of improving  patient outcomes and saving healthcare resources, and the indirect  effect of allowing the nursing staff to spend more time on direct  patient care which should serve to improve the overall quality of care  and patient experience.

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