A Glucose Sensor is a revolutionary new way to measure glucose levels in real-time 24 hours a day. A tiny electrode is inserted just under the skin to measure glucose levels in tissue fluid. This then connects to a transmitter that delivers information via wireless technology to a display device. It is a pain free alternative to the traditional routine finger prick testing which many Australians with diabetes live with.
While Glucose Sensors are not yet on the NDSS it is an application currently undergoing review through the Department of Health.
One of the leading Glucose Sensors is Abbott FreeStyle Libre.
Features & Benefits
- The FreeStyle Libre sensor is applied on to the back of the upper arm with a simple, disposable device called an applicator. When the sensor is applied, a thin, flexible and sterile fibre is inserted just under the skin. It is held in place with a small adhesive pad.
- Easy to use with clear reports.
- Suitable for adults and children aged 4 and older (monitored by an adult)
- Convenience as it automatically measures and stores glucose readings day and night (scans every 8 hours are recommended) complete with an arrow showing the direction the glucose is heading.
- Readings are painless and discreet as the one second scan can be performed even through clothing.
- The water-resistant system allows the freedom of bathing, exercise and swimming up to 1m of water for no more than thirty minutes.
- It is “factory calibrated,” meaning users don’t have to enter any blood glucose meter values into the system. After the sensor is started and worn for one hour, it can show glucose data points and trends.
- The FreeStyle LibreLink App is available from the Apple and Google Play stores and it displays the reader data on your phone adding even more convenience and versatility.
Discover more details here – www.freestylelibre.com.au – or discuss this option further with Dr Estella.