The Flexy Pump
Diabetes Mine Challenge 2009 Problem
People dealing with Type-I Diabetes or even Type-II Diabetes have the option of using an insulin pump to provide themselves with the correct amount of insulin throughout the day. The insulin pump technology has been refined for functionality to deliver a precise amount of insulin into the patient’s body. However, the aesthetics and ergonomics of the pump have been without improvement. Even with the innovation of smaller insulin pumps, the pump still feels like an obtrusive piece of machinery not natural to the body. Patients have to think about the pump when doing simple tasks like changing clothes or playing sports. These patients have to learn how to live their lives without a constant reminder in the back of their minds about the pump. But what if they did not have to?

Special points of interest: • Ergonomically Designed

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Skin tone allows camouflage So thin, no one can tell you have an insulin pump attached No need to hassle with insulin tube Similar to all other insulin pumps, just put together better Blood glucose tester and insulin pump piercings hidden beneath device Use adhesive and go swimming with the pump

The Flexi-Pump is the solution many diabetics have been looking for.

• The flexible design allows the user to wrap the pump around the thighs, waist or arms. • The catheter can run along any length of the flexible straps and be inserted in the skin under the strap. Thus, the patient will not have to worry about the catheter line being caught in clothing or other objects. • The thin design allows for stealthy placement underneath of clothing. Since the thickest part of the strap is only 1.5cm, so the pump will be un-obtrusive. • An active glucose monitoring system can also be included into the strap to give users and the pump an active reading of the patient’s blood glucose level and actively adjust the insulin level according to the readings. • Adhesives can be used on the edges of the strap to make it waterproof if needed be for certain applications, a convention that is currently far from possible for conventional pumps.

In the past insulin pumps, were big and bulky. However, “In 1983, MiniMed came up with the first miniature insulin pump (as small as a credit card and as thick as a dozen and half credit cards put together)”. Current technology can be used to manufacture small and precise pumps cheaply.

Function and Feasibility
• The volume in the strap being proposed here is more than enough to contain the pump, insulin vial, batteries, and the control circuitry. The volume two types of insulin required by a typical type I diabetic can both fit in the volume of the pouch type area. • Lithium ion batteries with rechargeable functionality can be used to power the device for extended periods.

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