Guidelines on use of RT-CGM (real time continuous glucose monitoring)

Endocrine Society has published updated guidelines on use of Real time continuous glucose monitoring in patients with diabetes.

A summary of guidelines include (Joslin news)

  • Currently approved RT-CGM devices be considered for use by children (over 8-years old), adolescents, and adults with type 1 diabetes whose A1C levels are below 7 percent to help maintain target levels while reducing the risk of hypoglycemia.
  • Recommend the use of these devices to assist with intensification of diabetes control in children (over 8-years old), adolescents, and adults with Type 1 Diabetes whose A1C levels are at 7 percent or higher, provided they have a history of responsible self-care, and will keep up proper use of the device
  • Occasional use of short-term CGM monitors could be helpful in keeping track of blood glucose levels when reviewing conditions such as nocturnal hypoglycemia, dawn phenomenon, and post-prandial hyperglycemia; hypoglycemic unawareness; and in patients who have recently made major changes in their care, such as the use of new insulin or the switch to insulin pumps. This suggestion was made for children (over 8-years old), adolescents, and adults.
  • Recommend against the use of RT-CGM on its own during treatment in an intensive care unit or in an operating room until more studies are done to asses the technology’s accuracy and safety under those conditions.
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