New Developments in Blood Glucose MonitoringBy Eghtesadi, Caesar; Access World, Vol. 3, No. 5
Publication Date: September 2002
Article discusses the development of three products designed for blood glucose monitoring, including (1) the GlucoWatch Biographer from Cygnus, (2) the MiniMed Continuous Glucose Monitoring System from Medtronic MiniMed, and (3) the Personal Lasette Plus from Cell Robotics. The GlucoWatch Biographer is a wristwatch-like device that uses a low-frequency electrical current to draw out and measure glucose through the skin at predetermined intervals. The device provides readings of up to three times an hour for up to twelve hours at a stretch. The GlucoWatch Biographer is not designed to replace finger-stick testing entirely, and must be calibrated with a blood test daily to identify blood glucose trends accurately. The MiniMed Continuous Glucose Monitoring System Measures blood glucose levels continuously every five minutes for up to three days. The device is implantable, and is inserted under the skin by a physician. The Personal Lasette Plus does not rely on lancets or needles for removing blood. Instead, the device uses a laser system to draw blood from the finger. This does not mean that the Personal Lasette Plus is painless; users have equated the pain with a snap of a rubber band.
Assistive Products Discussed: GLUCOWATCH G2 BIOGRAPHER
Published by: AFB Press (Website:http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=46)
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) (Web Site: http://www.afb.org )
Link to text: http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=AW030503