Matching Patients to Devices: Diabetes Products Are Not One-Size-Fits-All
Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE
Think about the last time you went to buy a new car. Did the dealer tell you, “This is the car we sell, so this is what you get”? Or, did he or she ask about your needs—size, style, price range, features—and try to find you a good match? If the dealer wanted to keep you as a customer, he or she surely took the latter approach.
Now think about medical devices for your patients with diabetes. Doesn't this deserve some thought as well? After all, we are not talking about a car; we are talking about equipment needed to maintain health and, perhaps, sustain life. Just as certain types of cars are better suited for certain people, some blood glucose meters, insulin pumps, pen devices, and continuous glucose monitors are better matches for certain patients. Recommending the same medical device to everyone who walks into your office does a disservice to your patients and may set you up for poorer clinical outcomes and time wasted on troubleshooting.
The following is a discussion of the features of various diabetes management devices, the advantages they offer, and the types of patients who are most likely to benefit from them....