Future potential – Bioreactor, Intravenous, Cell culture
Glucose sensors can not only be used to determine blood glucose, but can also be used in biotechnology to determine the glucose concentration in bioreactors or cell cultures. Herewith a better control of the biological processes in the bioreactors and an efficient screening in the cell cultures is achieved.
Along with the use of continuous glucose monitoring sensors for diabetes patients, an additional point of need is glucose monitoring in intensive care units in hospitals. Studies prove that post-operative wound healing is greatly improved when the blood glucose values stay within good ranges. This affects diabetics and non-diabetics alike.
Currently nurses have to actively measure patients regularly and many times daily. This takes up a lot of time and is an important cost factor burdening the nurses and the health insurances. Automatic monitoring systems will save both time and money.