Knowledge Is Power? How Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems Are Changing the Management of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
The development of continuous blood glucose monitoring systems (CGMs) has been instrumental in managing pediatric type 1 diabetes mellitus. This technology allows near-real time data to be easily accessed on a receiver or smart phone application, while in turn, providing patients and their familiesí critical information for daily management and an unprecedented ability for retrospective analysis. As a result, families and providers can see patterns in data and titrate insulin doses accordingly. These devices, however, do not come without burden. This technology provides constant information, and it is important to examine the overall impact on quality of life with cost, cosmetic, and physical implications of CGM devices. Although access is improving, disparities exist, and barrier thresholds must still be considered. As continuous monitoring devices become the standard of care, nurses will see an increased presence in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.