Medical engineers from the University of Bath in the UK today presented a unique and promising diagnostic device for measuring blood glucose levels – a special type of skin patch, it can soon completely replace the traditional method of measuring blood sugar by taking blood through the skin of the fingers. An article with a new medical invention has already been published in the scientific journal Nature Nanotechnology, where experts explained all the subtleties of the operation of this device, and also told how to further improve its functionality for diagnostics.
This patch is a special cover attached to the skin and pulling particles of glucose through the fluid between the cells that are spread throughout the hair follicles – and the process takes place thanks to a small electrical discharge. The obtained glucose particles are placed in a special built-in reservoir, so the user can measure the amount of sugar in the blood every 15 minutes, thus constantly monitoring its change.
It should be noted that the development itself is conceptually different from the set of similar diagnostic devices of this kind, since each individual sensor on the patch affects a single hair follicle, thus the whole system can cover a much larger flow of glucose particles and are absent severe fluctuations in performance. Thus, this device may soon find its niche as easy to carry and use equipment.
Non-invasive drugs of this kind are becoming a new word in the field of medical diagnostics, gradually gaining increasing popularity and relevance – in particular, such a patch will be useful for diabetics who need to constantly monitor their blood glucose levels, preventing it from being too high or low. It remains only to wait for the commercialization of this device.