New de­vice to mon­i­tor di­a­betes

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY KIERAN BEAT­TIE

NHS Grampian is test­ing a new med­i­cal de­vice which al­lows peo­ple with di­a­betes to mea­sure their blood sugar lev­els without prick­ing their fin­gers for blood.

The Free Style Li­bre mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem al­lows chil­dren and adults with type one di­a­betes to mea­sure their glu­cose lev­els through their skin.

The tech­nol­ogy works by mea­sur­ing the fluid which sur­rounds the cells of tis­sue below the skin with a spe­cial sen­sor, worn on the arm.

Pa­tients can scan the sen­sor with a mo­bile phone app to find out more in­for­ma­tion on their blood glu­cose lev­els, and find out how they are chang­ing over time.

Although the de­vice came on to the mar­ket at the end of last year, it has just re­cently be­come avail­able to cer­tain NHS Grampian pa­tients fol­low­ing the ad­vice of var­i­ous groups and a pol­icy re­view.

It is only to be used by peo­ple with type one di­a­betes who have re­ceived the proper train­ing and use in­ten­sive in­sulin treat­ment.

The health board plans ini­tially to of­fer around 120 train­ing places per month for those el­i­gi­ble to al­low them to use the new med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy.

It is hoped that the de­vice’s abil­ity to make mea­sur­ing eas­ier will en­cour­age pa­tients to record their blood sug­ars more fre­quently, and use that in­for­ma­tion to man­age their di­a­betes more ef­fi­ciently.

Banff­shire and Buchan Coast MSP Ste­wart Steven­son said: “It is a pos­i­tive step for­ward to see how NHS Grampian is help­ing to sup­port and in­vest in new meth­ods of glu­cose mon­i­tor­ing for those with type one di­a­betes.

“Pa­tients el­i­gi­ble to take part will be given clear in­struc­tions on how to use the sys­tem, and could help in­form trends in a way that cur­rent fin­ger-prick test­ing does not.”

“Pa­tients el­i­gi­ble to take part will be given clear in­struc­tions”

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