Please sir/madam, you’ll have to disable your pancreas during take off and landing. FAA regulations… 😉
People suffering from type 1 diabetes may soon be able to ditch constant finger pricks and manual insulin injections—if they have a smartphone on hand, that is.
Combined with a tiny sensor and wearable insulin pump, a smartphone can stand in for a pancreas, automatically monitoring blood-sugar levels and delivering insulin as needed, researchers report. The system, backed by a $12.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, will enter two final phases of international trials this year.
FAA guidelines already have exemptions for medical devices.
The “wireless sensor which reports every 5 minutes” is the part that most concerns me. I know some who love their CGM, and they’re reasonably accurate. But not accurate enough to trust for actual dosing decisions — before making any adjustments on an insulin pump, verify with a fingerstick.
Unless they’re using some new not-yet-released sensor, I wouldn’t want any automated algorithm making decisions based on the current CGM. Garbage in, garbage out… Except now, “garbage out” could kill you. And that’s not even addressing security/safety concerns in the communication protocols, which others have pointed out. I’m glad to see innovation in this area and hope it develops, but there’s a long way to go here.