Flash Glucose Monitoring vs. CGM and BGM

 
Defining Features
Blood Glucose Monitoring
Finger Pricking
Continous Glucose Monitoring
Tethered 'Radio'
Flash Glucose Monitoring
Scan
Patients' Experience
 
  • Painful
  • Current reading only - point in time
  • Indiscreet
  • Lack of complete glycemic profile - no history or trend
  • More than a number – current reading, history and trend arrow
  • Requires calibration – up to 4/day
  • Sensor wear up to 7 days
  • Discreet
  • Transmitter and Receiver must always be in close proximity
  • Real time alarms
  • More than a number – current glucose reading, trend arrow, history
  • Painless alternative to finger pricks* with 1-second scan
  • No finger prick calibration
  • Up to 14 day sensor wear
  • Discreet
  • Easy to use
  • Alarms when scanned
HCPs' Data view
 
  • On meter
  • Connect to meter to computer to view reports
  • On receiver
  • Connect receiver to computer to view reports
  • Scan the reader over the sensor every 8 hours to collect all data
  • Connect reader to computer to view complete glycemic profile
Data volume
 
  • Low, dependent on number of finger pricks performed
  • High  
  • High
Blood Glucose Monitoring
Defining Features
Finger Pricking
Patients' Experience
 
  • Painful
  • Current reading only - point in time
  • Indiscreet
  • Lack of complete glycemic profile - no history or trend
Data view
 
  • On meter
  • Connect to meter to computer to view reports
Data volume
 
  • Low, dependent on number of finger pricks performed
Continous Glucose Monitoring
Defining Features
Tethered 'Radio'
Experience
 
  • More than a number – current reading, history and trend arrow
  • Requires calibration – up to 4/day
  • Sensor wear up to 7 days
  • Discreet
  • Transmitter and Receiver must always be in close proximity
  • Real time alarms
Data view
 
  • On receiver
  • Connect receiver to computer to view reports
Data volume
 
  • High  
Flash Glucose Monitoring
Defining Features
Scan
Experience
 
  • More than a number – current glucose reading, trend arrow, history
  • Painless alternative to finger pricks* with 1-second scan
  • No finger prick calibration
  • Up to 14 day sensor wear
  • Discreet
  • Easy to use
  • Alarms when scanned
Data view
 
  • Scan the reader over the sensor every 8 hours to collect all data
  • Connect reader to computer to view complete glycemic profile
Data volume
 
  • High
  • *Most people did not feel any discomfort while applying or wearing the FreeStyle Libre Sensor. In a 2013 US study conducted by Abbott Diabetes Care, 100% of patients surveyed (n=30) rated that applying the sensor was painless or almost painless, and 93.4% of patients strongly agree or agree that while wearing the sensor, they did not feel any discomfort under their skin. Data on file.
  • A finger prick test using a blood glucose meter is required during times of rapidly changing glucose levels when interstitial fluid glucose levels may not accurately reflect blood glucose levels or if hypoglycaemia or impending hypoglycaemia is reported by the System or when symptoms do not match the System readings.

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