Editorial
Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
27th May 2019
Do not use unauthorized diabetes devices

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The US FDA has issued a warning against the use of unauthorized diabetes devices, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors as well as other nonapproved devices and algorithms used to create systems for automated insulin delivery.

As per the FDA statement “These unauthorized diabetes management devices have not been reviewed by the FDA to ensure they provide a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness for their intended use. Use of unauthorized devices could result in inaccurate glucose level readings or unsafe insulin dosing, which can lead to injury requiring medical intervention or death.”

The warning followed a case report of a patient using a system comprising an unauthorized insulin dosing device that receives electronic signals from an FDA-authorized glucose sensor and converts it to a glucose value using an unauthorized algorithm.....read more


Can emergent care be denied to a hospitalized patient if he cannot afford?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Quite often we see that a patient is being told by a hospital, especially in cases of coronary blockages, that your blockages are severe enough to be tackled immediately. You need a bypass or stenting without delay and any second opinion, transfer to another Centre will be at your risk.

In this way, they force the patient to get a surgery or an intervention done there and then irrespective of whether the patient can afford or not.

I recently saw a patient where the hospital did stenting without giving any time to relatives to think. They collected 2.8 lakhs, but the bill handed over amounted to Rs 5 lakhs.....read more

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