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Back to School with Diabetes: Part 2

By Karrie Hawbaker

Public Relations Manager

Posted:  8/25/2011 12:00 AM

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Today we continue with Part 2 of Dr. Dewan’s post on using CareLink Personal Software in schools to better monitor students with diabetes throughout the day and improve communication between families, physicians and school nurses. Last time he talked about set-up and addressing roadblocks. In this entry, he talks about maximizing CareLink once it’s implemented.

Once you have CareLink implemented in your child’s school, here are some ways you, your child’s physician and the school nurse can maximize the software to improve your child’s diabetes management.

Maximizing CareLink in the School:

  • Weekly downloads:  Some children are classified as “independent” and do not need nor want to go to the school nurse to check their blood sugar. Arranging for your child to meet weekly with the nurse to upload to CareLink is a good way to keep the nurse in the loop and allow him/her to see your child’s trends.
  • Login and Look:  Now that the information is being made transparent, login and look at least weekly, go over the week’s sugars at school with your child and the school nurse and, if a problem is identified, contact your physician about the trend that has been discovered.
  • Concerns and Emergencies:  If there is a situation that is happening on a particular day, you can ask the nurse to download out of the scheduled time and allow you or the physician the ability to see what is going on in real time. For true emergencies, it’s always recommended to seek medical attention immediately.
We’ve had great success with CareLink in our Las Vegas schools. In some cases, the understanding I’ve garnered from the team approach I’ve described here has allowed me to make therapy adjustments that reduce a child’s instance of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia and his/her number of missed school days.

If you work to do the same in your area, I think you’ll find the increase in transparency into a third of your child’s day and the improved communication between all his/her healthcare providers (and even multiple households) invaluable. And after you get CareLink implemented into your school, you can start planning next year’s summer vacation! Good luck!

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
CareLink® Therapy Management Software for Diabetes is intended to be used together with advice from a healthcare professional familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes. Do not make any changes to treatment without talking to a healthcare professional first. Please visit http://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/importantsafetyinformation for complete details.

Comments

Debby Chase

Posted on Fri Aug 26 04:38:19 GMT 2011

I guess you would classify my 12 year old daughter as an independent. She has had diabetes for about 9 years now and generally knows more about it than any nurse in the school district. Spending time in the nurses office is in her mind a waste of time, but since she is somewhat forgetful I still want to stay on top of her numbers in real time. I have her call me and read me her numbers each time she test. She hates it but at least I'm able to keep track of her BG. You have the bluetooth technology to send the BG # from the meter to the pump, can't you also figure a way to send it to an app on her android phone which will in tern send a text to me letting me know what her BG is? I know many parents who would find this invaluable. We use the CareLink program at home but the upload time is way to slow to fit into a busy school schedule plus the need for a computer and sharing passwords.... I've seen other meters with this technology available any chance Medtronic has anything in the works?

Karrie

Posted on Mon Aug 29 22:11:00 GMT 2011

@Debby Thanks for the feedback! Yes, the idea of being able to see glucose numbers on a mobile device is a popular one (especially among parents like you).

Of course, under FDA rules, I can’t talk about future products in detail. But I can tell you we have a team of people who are working hard in the area that we call “Connected Care”. Stay tuned!

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