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RE: [IPk] minimed sensor for monitoring blood levels



CGMS - is work subcutaneously (into fat tissue on the surface of the
skin,) just like an insulin pump. It is painless to insert and worn for
72 hours or so. It has a cord (electronic impulse carrier)which connects
the sensor (inserted usually into the abdomen) to a box called a
monitor. The monitor is large enough (slightly bigger and more square
than a pump) for you to enter data like BGL, event markers (like the
fact that insulin was given, food eaten, exercise occurred etc.) the
information is downloaded into excel spreadsheet and gives you charts to
review your treatment with the diabetes team. For more information check
out the minimed website as they probably have visuals/more information
on it. 

Julette Kentish
Diabetes Research Dietitian
Bournemouth Diabetes & Endocrine Centre
Royal Bournemouth Hospital
Castle Lane East
Bournemouth
BH7 7DW DORSET UK
Ph: 01202 704929
Fax: 01202 704759

		-----Original Message-----
		From:	Zoe [mailto:email @ redacted]
		Sent:	09 April 2001 16:08
		To:	email @ redacted
		Subject:	Re: [IPk] minimed sensor for monitoring
blood levels

		Hi
		could you tell me more about the CGMS - do you insert it
in somewhere
		(skin)? or is it external?
		thanks
		Zok

		----- Original Message -----
		From: "Kentish, Julette"
<email @ redacted>
		To: <email @ redacted>
		Sent: Monday, April 09, 2001 9:07 AM
		Subject: RE: [IPk] minimed sensor for monitoring blood
levels


		> Dera Hilly -
		> I have just come back from Diabetes UK conference - so
apologies for the
		> late reply. There are quite a few centres using CGMS -
Continuous
		> Glucose Monitoring System - aka Glucose sensor which
you wear for upto
		> 72 hours. They are not outdated - simply they give you
a snap shot for
		> that time frame including a record. As far as I am
aware there are also
		> some gluco-watches - I understand they give you
readings around every 20
		> mins or so, they can cause a rash (I didn't hear of
burning) and both
		> methods are examples of ways forward.
		>
		> Contact the suppliers directly to find out which
centres are close to
		> your consultant.
		>
		> Julette Kentish
		> Diabetes Research/Specialist Dietitian
		> Bournemouth
		> (Insulin Pump & CGMS toolbox-user)
		>
		> -----Original Message-----
		> From: Hilly Beattie
		> [mailto:email @ redacted]
		> Sent: 02 April 2001 17:42
		> To: email @ redacted
		> Subject: [IPk] minimed sensor for monitoring
		> blood levels
		>
		> Dear John (Davis) et al
		> I thought I'd let you know how I got on when I asked
my
		> consultant about
		> trying the blood sensor test over 3 days that we
		> discussed. He informed me
		> that it was "outdated" and talked to me about the
		> Watch-type test. I knew he'd
		> be keen on the watch as he was one of the doctors
		> involved in the trials at
		> Guy's, so I listened but mentioned that people had
been
		> burnt when using them.
		> He said that only one male got burnt and I think
		> suggested the man was foolish
		> for not telling them it hurt earlier, as if that makes
a
		> difference.
		> He did say some people suffered rashes and it needed a
		> bit of work done but
		> essentially was fine. When I pushed him on the "older"
		> method and asked if I
		> could still try it if I wanted. He said maybe, but he
		> only knew of Dr Pickup
		> having one and didn't know if he had "all the bits"!!
		> I know I should be patient (and have agreed to be so)
		> but it's frustrating
		> that it boils down to resources again, he even started
		> telling me how much it
		> all costs so I felt worse.
		> On a good note, with the perseverance of my new
nurse:)
		> I was able to leave
		> knowing that he would support me for a pump perhaps in
		> the future but doesn't
		> want to rush things...where have I heard that before:(
		> Hilly
		>
		>
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