SYDNEY, Australia – 30 January 2023: Dexcom Inc. (Nasdaq: DXCM), a global leader in real-time continuous glucose monitoring for people with diabetes, and its Australian subsidiary Australasian Medical and Scientific Ltd (AMSL Diabetes) have released a School Guide to give schools the information they need to better support students with type 1 diabetes.
The Guide aims to help schools better understand diabetes management and support students who use Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) technology. CGM is a wearable technology that can help to improve the quality of life of people with Type 1 diabetes by measuring glucose levels in real time, and providing alerts when levels are outside optimal range. This means that CGM wearers no longer need to conduct the fingerprick* test multiple times a day because the technology automatically monitors glucose levels continuously, giving much greater peace of mind.
Currently, about 1.8 million Australians have diabetes and around 130,000 are living with Type 1 diabetes. The Guide is timely considering more Australians with Type 1 diabetes are accessing CGM technology through a subsidy under the National Diabetes Services Scheme.
Gillian Hebden from AMSL Diabetes said, “The School Guide provides important information for teachers and school administrators about the difference between CGM technology and blood glucose meters, as well as how CGM devices work and what the alerts mean on these devices.”
“The Guide aims to help schools better understand and respond to CGM device alerts and support their students in accordance with their individual diabetes management plan.
Having a better understanding of diabetes, diabetes technologies and treatment methods in schools is important to best support students living with diabetes.”
Christie and Christian Gonzalez, co-founders of the Willow Rose Foundation for Diabetes said the start of the 2023 school year for their daughter Willow Rose, involves extensive daily planning beyond the need for uniforms, shoes, books and everyday lunches and snacks.
“As we get set for the 2023 year, we need to consider factors such as what daily snack foods and drinks are needed in addition to normal school lunches, if any sensor changes are required, and what events at school are likely to impact Willow’s glucose levels on any given day. In addition, we need to consider Willow’s moods, previous day’s activities that can still impact her glucose levels and most worrying is ‘will the teaching staff at school know how to read Willow’s Dexcom G6 system and know how to appropriately respond.’”
The Dexcom School Guide can be downloaded here.
About DexCom, Inc.
DexCom, Inc. empowers people to take real-time control of diabetes through innovative continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems. Headquartered in San Diego, California, and with operations across Europe and select parts of Asia/Oceania, Dexcom has emerged as a leader in diabetes care technology. By listening to the needs of users, caregivers, and providers, Dexcom simplifies and improves diabetes management around the world. For more information about Dexcom CGM, visit dexcom.com/en-AU.
AMSL and its parent company, NZMS in New Zealand, are subsidiaries of Dexcom. They supply medical and scientific technologies to Australia and New Zealand. They form partnerships with world leading medical device, pharmaceutical and scientific innovators to introduce and establish advances in healthcare and science for the benefit of patients, healthcare providers and quality assurance professionals.
ALWAYS READ THE LABEL AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE. Read the warnings available on https://amsldiabetes.com.au/resources before purchasing. Consult your healthcare professional to see if this product is right for you.
*If your glucose alerts and readings from Dexcom CGM do not match symptoms or expectations, use a blood glucose meter to make diabetes treatment decisions
“Dexcom releases a School Guide to help schools with their understanding and response to diabetes management.”
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