Medtronic Launches New Improved CGM Sensor

April 11, 2011

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Medtronic has launched the Enlite Sensor, the newest and most advanced glucose sensor for continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), in more than 35 countries outside of the United States.


The new Enlite Sensor combines greater comfort with improved glucose sensor performance in both overall accuracy and detection of hypoglycemia. According the the company when the Enlite Sensor is used with the predictive alerts feature on Medtronic systems, diabetes patients have access to hypo detection rates up to 98%. This helps give early warning to people with diabetes so they can take action to prevent dangerous hypoglycemia, which is one of the major concerns of people living with diabetes.
Significant design improvements make the Enlite Sensor more comfortable and easier to use than the previous sensor.  In a clinical study of Enlite Sensor, 85% of patients agreed that sensor insertion was pain free and 86% agreed that the Enlite insertion device was easy to use. The Enlite Sensor is a significantly smaller sensor compared to Medtronic’s previous product. The Enlite Sensor can be worn on the abdomen and buttocks and used for up to six days.
The Enlite Sensor received CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark approval in Paris, France and is being launched subject to other local approvals in more than 35 countries.  Medtronic is working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on plans to commercialize the product in the United States. The Enlite Sensor is labeled for use with: MiniMed Paradigm® REAL?Time System, MiniMed Paradigm Veo™ System, Guardian® REAL?Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, and the iProTM2.


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Comments (3)

  1. john at

    I hope someone can shed some light on a problem we’re having. Out 11yo daughter (dx T1 17mth) has a Veo pump (Revel in US?) and Enlite CGMS for which we are very grateful. However, the CGM tells us that most nights she has very sudden, severe hypos followed by what we presume to be liver dumps resulting in his BGs come morning. Without the CGM we would most likely not be aware of these as she is hypo-unaware though the higher morning readings would suggest something is up at night.
    She could be on a glucose level of 10mmol/l (180mg/dl) and within 10-15 minutes her CGM shows <2.2 mmol/l (38mg/dl) followed by an equally quick rise to perhaps 11mmol/l (198mg/dl) or more. We’ve tried everything we can think of.
    We’ve given her a supper of full fat milk & occasionally some cheese, sometimes with very low bolus to cover. We’ve dropped her basal from 10pm until 3am by more than 60% of that leading up to 10pm. We’ve monitored exercise to see if it was being caused by PEL (post-exercise late onset hypo) but it happens even when she’s had no exercise for days.
    Usually it happens between 12:30 and perhaps 2am but more recently it’s happened at 11:30 or 4:30. We’ve on occasion by luck ‘caught’ it by BG but the number we get is likely later than the actual event given the CGM is 10-15 behind so the BG shows something like 7.0. However, this continues to rise (Symogyi effect) as we prove with later BG tests.
    From my reading I’m beginning to think it might be thyroid related though her last bloods were clear. She does have celiacs already. Any help much appreciated,

  2. Ron Ponce at

    Any Time frame when it should clear for U.S. Not happy with the other CGM you have

  3. Mary at

    I actually had the same thing happen and was waking up with blood sugars at 300. Many people experience low blood sugars around 2-3 am I’ve been told. My pump basil rates are set extremely low from 11 to 4am. Interesting that you touched on thyroid and celiac though. I have thyroid and they thought I had celiac. It turned out to be glycogen storage disease. good luck. Hope you all are able to find a solution. Oh, also I am currently looking at minimeds new link Ibut  have been on the Dexcom glucose monitoring system. It has always been dead on with little to no delay and insertion pain and scar tissue is minimal to none. I’m still not sure I am going to make a switch . My  Dexcom has truly helped me.

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