Today, I’m happy to bring you another guest blog from Kristin Baker, a CGM Product Specialist here at Medtronic. Last time we heard from Kristin she talked about Optimizing Diabetes Management using 3 types of CGM alerts. This time Kristin talks about decreasing CGM alerts with the use of CareLink Personal software. Let’s hear what she has to say.
Beep, Beep, Beep. Feel like you’re receiving too many CGM alerts throughout the day? You are not alone. Excessive alerts can be overwhelming and cause people to feel frustration with their CGM at first. But there is hope! With just a few simple changes, you can customize and fine tune your CGM settings to meet your individual needs.CareLink Personal software may help as it simplifies insulin pump and CGM therapy by providing clear insights into your personal glucose patterns. Here are some tips and tricks to help you avoid feeling frustrated with your CGM alerts and to help you improve your overall CGM experience.Once signed in to CareLink with your personal account, the CareLink Personal Reports you’ll need are:
- Device Settings
- Daily Summary
Step 1: Verify alert settings are correct.
Take a look at your Device Settings report. Are the alert settings correct? Are they the settings you discussed with your healthcare team at your last visit? Do they make sense to you? Is this when you want to or should be alerted?
An important setting to pay attention to is the Repeat setting! It’s the amount of time the system waits after an alert and before it alerts you again if the situation is not resolved. Setting this properly will help prevent excessive alerts for situations which you have already taken action to correct.
Step 2: Review what happened before the alert occurred.
Take a look at your Daily Summary Reports and focus on what happened before the alert occurred. What activities did you participate in? Are they always happening on the same days or during the same time of day? Understanding the background information that led up to the alerts can help the discussion with your healthcare team about how to adjust your settings.
Step 3: Discuss possible changes with your Doctor.
At your next doctor’s appointment, bring or email your CareLink reports ahead of time and ask whether you need to adjust your alert settings or your insulin doses/treatment.
Remember, successful CGM usage involves optimizing your settings over time. It is very common for customers to periodically adjust insulin pump and CGM alert settings with their healthcare providers in order to meet the changing needs that go along with diabetes management. Changes in your age, activities, schedule or new conditions like pregnancy can all be reasons that might prompt you and your healthcare team to make settings adjustments.
More things to remember about your CGM alerts:
- Start with basic settings set up by your healthcare team and customize them as you learn more about your glucose trends and patterns.
- Remember, you can adjust your alert settings so that they are different during your bedtime hours to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep.
- Be aware that there is an Alert Silence feature that allows you to silence specific sensor alerts in the system, but you will still be able to see these alerts on the screen of your insulin pump.
For more information about CareLink Personal reports, click here. Also, stay tuned in the coming months for more LOOP blog postings on ways to optimize your insulin pump and CGM devices using CareLink Personal software.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
- Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems.
- Successful operation of the insulin infusion pumps and/or continuous glucose monitoring systems requires adequate vision and hearing to recognize alerts and alarms.
Medtronic Diabetes Insulin Infusion Pumps
- Insulin pump therapy is not recommended for individuals who are unable or unwilling to perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day.
- Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulin. If your insulin delivery is interrupted for any reason, you must be prepared to replace the missed insulin immediately.
Medtronic Diabetes Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Systems
- The information provided by CGM systems is intended to supplement, not replace, blood glucose information obtained using a home glucose meter. A confirmatory fingerstick is required prior to treatment.
- Insertion of a glucose sensor may cause bleeding or irritation at the insertion site. Consult a physician immediately if you experience significant pain or if you suspect that the site is infected.
For more information, please visit http://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/important-safety-information.
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