Hybrid closed loops to be offered to people living with type 1 diabetes
HCL manufacturers Dexcom recently published the results of a new study around the perceptions of HCL among patients with type 1 diabetes and healthcare providers involved in their care.
The research found that 79% people struggle with time in range, but 45% do not know what a HCL is or understand how the system could benefit them.
According to HCL users participating in the study there were numerous benefits to HCL, including improvements in quality of life (52%), time in range (46%), productivity at work (44%), sleep (42%) and reduced stress related to diabetes (40%).
All HCL users surveyed said it was important to them that they had a choice of insulin pump, with more than half indicating it was very important (55%), and the rest noting it was somewhat important (45%).
Healthcare providers were also in agreement at the potential of HCL to change lives for people living with type 1 diabetes for the better (99%), while 98% said they would want all people with the condition to have access to HCL.
Karen Baxter, Vice President for UK Ireland Benelux Spain and France for Dexcom, said: “It is clear from our research that so many more people could benefit from HCL. Every single person (100%) surveyed with type 1 diabetes said that being on an HCL system has reduced the burden of managing their diabetes and 98% of healthcare practitioners say they would want all people with type 1 diabetes to have access to HCL. The newly announced technology appraisal from NICE is a great advancement in access to diabetes technology.
“As such, to support healthcare professionals with their understanding of the benefits of HCL systems for patients with diabetes, Dexcom has worked with the clinical experts at the Diabetes Technology Network (DTN) to launch a series of education modules encompassing everything they need to know about the technology, we are excited to play a key role in widening access to HCL as a result.”
Jeremy Irvine, actor and HCL user, said: “I can honestly say using the Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitoring device to power my HCL system has changed my life. I can’t imagine going back to finger pricks and blood glucose monitoring, and I certainly couldn’t do the intense filming I’ve been doing without my HCL system.”
Read the NICE guidance on Hybrid closed loop systems for managing blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetes
Read more about type 1 diabetes
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