B. Braun: B. Braun Space Glucose Control

Friday, 12 September, 2014

[hr]If you want peace of mind while controlling your patient’s blood glucose level in the ICU, here is your answer: B. Braun Space Glucose Control - simpler, safer and more intuitive glucose management in critically ill patients.[hr]
Key_visual_displayNormalisation of blood glucose is a complex challenge which increases the workload in the ICU with the need for frequent blood sampling, testing and monitoring. Current methods of blood glucose control are heterogeneous, complex and often associated with an increased risk of life- threatening hypoglycaemia..
Numerous clinical studies show that normalisation of blood glucose significantly reduces mortality and side effects in critical ill patients.1,2   With this in mind, B. Braun has developed a solution in collaboration with clinical research centres.
B. Braun Space Glucose Control (SGC) realises safe and reliable glucose levels in critically ill patients with a significantly reduced risk of hyper and hypoglycaemia. With its intelligent dosage algorithm, the B. Braun Space Glucose Control integrates enteral and parenteral nutrition and exactly determines insulin rate and next sampling time – helping you to easily control complex work processes for a safer future.
B. Braun Space Glucose Control (SGC) is the only computer based decision support system for insulin therapy worldwide that is integrated into an infusion system.
SGC takes into consideration the previous treatment course, current blood sugar levels, caloric intake and the insulin resistance of the patient and suggests the optimal insulin delivery rate and calculates when the next measurement point should be. The system continually adapts to the individual responses of the patient.
For example if there is a change to the patient’s diet during insulin administration, the rate is automatically recalculated. If the essential parameters do not change, the next measurement will be at the pre-calculated time of between 30 mins and 4 hours and a reminder alarm will be triggered.
After manual measurement of the blood glucose level, the value is input into the SGC system which will then calculate a new proposed insulin rate and the next measurement time. The clinical team have full control to accept the proposed insulin administration rate or change it to another rate.
Improved processes  lead to more time.
Against the background of an increasing number of treatments and intensive medical intervention measures, process efficiency gains importance. Processes need to be optimised where possible, to relieve medical and nursing staff from time-consuming work. This saving is realised by the B. Braun Space Glucose Control with its user-friendly interface when compared to conventional paper-based systems. The time saved can be used for other activities.
The SGC system is based on the B. Braun Space pump platform. The Space Control Touch Screen user interface allows operation of the connected Space pumps and Space Glucose Control module. The SGC module contains the intelligent learning algorithm allowing it to calculate the appropriate insulin rates by considering the actual rates of enteral and parenteral nutrition together with the latest glucose value. In addition, it exactly determines the next sampling time, which is indicated via a countdown timer and acoustic alarm.
Would you like to know more? Please download the official SGC App for Apple devices from the App Store or visit  www.space.bbraun.com where you can find out what the latest users are saying about SGC, review relevant literature and the B. Braun Space System Solution.[hr]
1. Van den Berghe G, Wouters P, Weekers F et al. Intensive insulin therapy in critically ill patients. N Engl J Med 2001; 345:1359-67.
2. Van den Berghe G, Wilmer A, Hermans G et al. Intensive insulin therapy in the medical ICU. N.Engl.J.Med. 2006; 354: 449-61
b-braun-logoFor more information on the B. Braun Space Glucose Control, please call our Customer Service department  on 1800 251 705.

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