diabetes and coronavirus, Abbott Freestyle Libre, Flash Glucose Monitoring

KITLIVING

Sensors make sense, facilitating frequent monitoring and

keeping people with diabetes safer in hospital.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (3)

Staying safe & well in lockdown

T

he Diabetes Technology

Network (DTN-UK)

has announced that,

following a request to

Abbott Diabetes Care

from the DTN, Abbott's Diabetes Care

division have donated 6,500 FreeStyle

Libre sensors to be used by NHS Trusts

during the Covid-19 pandemic. The

announcement was made by Dr Pratik

Choudhary, Chair DTN - UK, and Dr

Dinesh Nagi, Chair Association of British

Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD).

There are two main purposes for this

donation. First, to facilitate safe and rapid

discharge of insulin- treated patients

from hospital, allowing remote monitoring

of glucose values post discharge in a

scenario where there has been need

for rapid changes in insulin doses, such

as new diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes.

Second, to protect patients as well as

health care professionals by providing a

means of contactless glucose monitoring

during hospital stays where frequent

glucose monitoring is required.

The use of two sensors (each lasts 14

days) per patient will allow these patients

to be followed up remotely, keeping them

safe and allowing the team to adjust

insulin doses if required. At the end of

the four-week period (two sensors) those

patients who may meet current local

guidelines for Libre may continue to use

sensors. Other patients will need to be

transferred to alternate modes of glucose

monitoring according to local guidelines.

The patient will need to

have a compatible IOS or

Android mobile phone to

work with FreeStyle LibreLink,

allowing for immediate HCP

remote monitoring. The Trust

will need to be set up with a

LibreView account if one is not

in place already.

Dr Choudhary said of the

donation, "Recent data show

that people with diabetes have

an elevated risk of adverse

outcomes with Covid-19,

which is also linked to their

glucose control. We are really pleased that

Abbott has agreed to our request to help

us support patients with diabetes who are

admitted to hospital by donating FreeStyle

Libre sensors. The use of the FreeStyle

Libre system will facilitate frequent

monitoring of glucose for those who need

it to control their blood glucose. It also

allows us to view patient data remotely,

supporting timely discharge with safe and

effective remote follow-up."

Neil Harris, general manager of

Abbott's diabetes care business in the

UK and Ireland adds, "Providing frontline

healthcare professionals and patients with

technology and equipment is critical in the

fight against Covid-19. We're delighted to

make FreeStyle Libre sensors available for

hospitalised people living with diabetes,

which will help frontline healthcare workers

to monitor and manage the glucose

levels of these patients better and, at the continued over

Abbott has donated 6,500

of it's FreeStyle Libre to the

NHS to help keep people

with diabetes safe if in

hospital with Covid-19.

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