STANDALONE CONTINOUS GLUCOSE MONITORING
WHAT IS IT?
THE CONTINOUS GLUCOSE MONITORING THERAPY
Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), like Medtronic Guardian™ Connect, enables your patient to continuously monitor their glucose levels, allowing them to track trends and patterns.
It requires a small piece of equipment, a glucose sensor and a transmitter that measures your patient interstitial glucose levels every 5 minutes. This means patients will receive 288 readings every day, compared to approximately 6 to 10 readings when they use a traditional finger-prick, blood glucose monitor.
The system lets patients see their glucose values, as well as whether their levels are going up or down. That way, they can anticipate hypos and hypers.
What is even more important is that the Medtronic Guardian™ Connect systems empowers your patients in gaining self-management of their diabetes.
HOW DOES STANDALONE CGM WORK?
Medtronic continuous glucose monitoring system works with a sensor that you change every 6 days, and a transmitter that lasts a whole year.
Medtronic Enlite sensor is composed of a thin flexible electrode that is inserted just under patient’s skin. The electrode is constantly in contact with patients interstitial fluid, to measure your glucose levels continuously. A small transmitter device connected to the sensor transmits this information to patient’s mobile phone via Bluetooth in the case of Guardian™ Connect.
Since the sensor measures glucose in the interstitial fluid rather than directly in the blood stream, a small physiological delay of approximately 7 minutes occurs, the time for the glucose to travel from the blood to the interstitial fluid. It is therefore to be expected that at a given time, patient’s blood glucose fingerprick reading and their Guardian™ Connect reading would be different.
THE GUARDIAN™ CONNECT SYSTEM