Blood test meters, nothing beats a blood test, CGM

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NOTHING BEATS A

BLOOD TEST

While CGM and other on-body sensor technology continue

to make waves in diabetes care, many of us are still using

relatively old-fashioned 'finger stick' blood testing meters.

Here's an overview of the meter market, by Sue Marshall

T

he lancing device, lancet,

fingerprick, test strip and

meter combination has

been tried and tested

over the last 40-odd

years with those who qualify being able to

get strips on the NHS and test as directed,

or at will. However, over time more and

more companies wanted a piece of the

action - with one-off meter costs then a

lifetime's use of test strips by a patient

sounded like a basis for a business. Today

there are around 40 different blood test

meters (more accurately blood glucose

meters) available in the UK alone.

As is the way in business, the

innovators which had invested in research

and development ended up leading the

market, only for the market to become

over run by lower-cost competitor

products, eventually for us to end up with

the situation we are in today with CCGs

limiting meter choice and access to strips

in order to keep a grip on costs. Cost of

test strips have become squeezed, which

has lead in the end to a loss of choice and

a reduction in innovation in the blood test

meter sector.

Having said that, what more innovation

could be possible in blood test meters?

We may have reached the pinnacle of

what's possible with some of the clever

ones out there these days.

When push comes to shove, all kit can

fail, including blood test meters. But when

the higher-end CGMs give someone

difficulties (like, say, they knocked off their

last sensor and need to reorder), then

they can always resort to a blood test

to find out where they stand in terms of

blood glucose levels. Plus, some of the

CGM systems out there need blood tests

to calibrate them, meaning that the CGM

wearer is still obliged to blood test around

three times a day.

The accuracy factor

Blood test meters must conform to ISO

standards, but some conform better than

others. Inaccuracy could lead to dosing

and other treatment errors and can cause

hypos, some of which might even be

severe. For further info, see How accurate

is my blood test meter, a report by INPUT.

inputdiabetes/how-accurate?

An iDEAL world

The iDEAL group (@iDEALdiabetes),

a multidisciplinary team of healthcare

professionals and people with diabetes,

has presented the government with

a White Paper: Current Challenges in

Diabetes Care and How to Address Them.

According to group member Professor

Anne Phillips (who has diabetes), "Our

position statement was submitted to NHS

England in February for the consultation

on prescribed items for those living with

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