Re: [IP] Metronic vs Dexcom CGMS
The Animas Vibe is out in the UK, it is the Animas 2020 (do you have that in
the USA yet) and it is combined with the Dexcom 7 (I think its called) the
latest Dexcom sensor out. At the moment it is only licensed for over 18
years old but am sure it won't be long before children are on them as well.
I don't know anyone as yet as the final licence was only about 2 weeks ago.
Very exciting stuff.
UK Mum to Jessica, (11 yrs), Congenital Hyperinsulinism (CHI), pancreas
removed at birth, pumping Medtronic VEO with full time sensors. Also takes
digestive enzymes (Creon 25000). Under UCLH, the bestest hospital in the UK
with fantastic care and support, also under GOSH for the CHI
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----- Original Message -----
From: Brick Smith
To: email @ redacted
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2011 7:32 PM
Subject: [IP] Metronic vs Dexcom CGMS
I used the Medtronic CGMS with both the 522 and the Revel. I continued to
it only because it was highly suggested in the field I was in.
In my experience with CGMS, the accuracy left a lot to be desired. It was
uncommon to be off by more than 100 points. I did a study and wore both the
Dexcom and Medtronic CGMS for 7 days (yes I know its longer than the 3 days
sensor as suggested by Medtronic). What I found was that the Dexcom was
comfortable to place, easier to calibrate, more accurate over all yet very
so in the hypoglycemic numbers. I found that acetaminophen did alter the
numbers, making them higher, and it was easy to notice on the graph, yet a
recalibration would bring the numbers right back to normal.
The CGMS size caused bleeding at the sites and bruises. The Dexcom felt
better. The Enlite may be better when it comes. We will see the results
the studies are done, yet after my experiences, I would have to have better
assurance than Medtronic provided before. I found myself still monitoring
times per day even when I was wearing CGMS. I am sure some have had good
results with CGMS and Dexcom, and I am sure some have had bad results with
both. But in my case, Dexcom was much better hands down. When you look at
carrying a pump, Dexcom receiver, phone, keys, etc it doesn't seem to be a
benefit at this time. If Animas and Dexcom join, it should be a great
creating a great product and one I will consider switching brands.
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