It's no secret that people with diabetes in one way or another suffer not so much from their medical condition and ailment as from the need to check their blood sugar daily – and for most diabetics this means the constant need to pierce the skin with blood sampling needles. However, the talented team of micro-engineering specialists from Sweden had a more interesting idea about how to improve the proportion of diabetics – the project concerns testing a special skin patch with a built-in micro needle, which, taking blood when injected under the skin, does not cause any impressions and pain.
Swedish specialists from the Royal Medical Institute in Stockholm today unveiled their new micro-needle skin patch project, whose size is about 1/10 of the standard size of micro-needles used in more traditional and outdated blood sampling systems. Specialists, creating their development, sought to deal with two problems – firstly, to find a way to avoid puncture of adipose tissue, and secondly, to stabilize the process of enzymatic control of blood cells.
In other words, they needed not only to develop such a micro-needle, but also to ensure that it was functional with the correct assessment of enzymes, with which doctors can immediately read data on the blood sugar level of an individual patient. And, I must say, they did it in the most worthy way, because they presented the concept of a micro-needle, which is inserted less than 1 mm in depth, into that layer of the skin that does not have its own nerve endings, which means that the use of such a needle does not causes a person no pain.
Preliminary tests have shown that this project has every chance of becoming the most used and relevant in the field of modern applied medicine and in the field of diabetes patients. In addition, specialists are currently trying to further improve the project in order to teach it to independently read the results obtained after blood sampling, with an average delay of ten minutes.