Insulin Pump for an Active Lifestyle

Abstract

Every day two children in Sweden are diagnosed with diabetes type 1. Sweden is the second country in the world with the highest amount of people suffering from diabetes type 1, nearly 50 000 people. Insulin pumps are an alternative treatment from daily injections. Even though pumps are considered a better treatment, today only 20% of adults with type 1 diabetes use a pump. One aspect of why so few use the pumps today is that they must be worn 24 hours every day on the body. Therefore this project focuses on adapting the pump more to the body and finding a way to wear the pump when you have an active lifestyle.

The biggest problems with the pumps today are that they do not follow the body, it is hard to find somewhere on the body to wear the pump and you can easily entangle with the tubing. Some users even build their own systems for carrying the pump.

Inspiration and Method

I worked with a test group of adults from 20-60 years old, both diabetics and non-diabetics. This test group evaluated design ideas during a variety of activities of different intensity. For example, beach volleyball, running and soccer were activities with higher intensity that were tested during the process.

Result

MOVE is an insulin pump that allows a more active lifestyle. The pump helps the user to get more in balance with their blood sugar levels thanks to the integrated sensor. This means that they get a better control over their lives so that they can live the active lifestyle they want. The device is a bended pump that follows the body in a smoother way. It is also easier to place in your pocket or bra due to the wedge shape.

The pump has a flexible band that is placeable on different parts of the body. The band can be adjusted depending on what kind of activity you like to do. The attach system is a velcro solution that has a strip of velcro on the back of the pump, which can stick to the band.

The pump helps the user to achieve better blood sugar levels because a CGM-sensor (that measures blood sugar levels continuously during the day) is attached to the needle on the infusion set. The sensor communicates with the pump and a smart phone. Which means that the patient can easily look on the pump or check their phone to know their blood sugar level.