Pediatric Pilot Program
The Provincial Government and Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services are beginning a one-year pilot project to determine the feasibility of our provincial continuous glucose monitoring program and measure the outcomes of our pediatric patients on hybrid closed loops systems. The department will monitor the success of the program to determine potential opportunities for expansion.
Residents eligible for the pilot project include patients:
- With type 1 diabetes;
- Who are deemed medically necessary by the Pediatric Diabetes Team or who are using an insulin pump with hybrid closed loop software capability that can adjust insulin by using real time sensor readings;
- Under the age of 18 (or over the age of 18 and followed by the Pediatric Diabetes Team); and
- With a valid Medical Care Plan (MCP).
Modern reassurance for patients, caregivers, and health care providers
Continuous glucose monitoring devices provide blood sugar measurements every few minutes via a small sensor inserted under the skin. The sensor sends information to an attached transmitter and other technology, such as a smart phone.rnrnThe devices allow the patient, caregiver, or health care provider to monitor blood sugars more frequently and easily than current monitoring devices—such as needle pricking—and can send alerts about high or low blood sugar to prevent hyperglycemic and hypoglycemic events.
Type 1 Diabetes
People with type 1 diabetes aren’t able to produce their own insulin (and can’t regulate their blood sugar) because their body is attacking the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes generally develops in childhood or adolescence, but can also develop in adulthood. People with type 1 need to inject insulin or use an insulin pump to ensure their bodies have the right amount of insulin.