Medical Devices and Healthcare IT

Watch How a Glucose Monitor is Helping a Diabetic Koala

29 July 2018

Zoo staff hope the sensor will allow them to get more detail about Quincy’s glucose levels while reducing the number of times they need to disturb him. Source: San Diego ZooZoo staff hope the sensor will allow them to get more detail about Quincy’s glucose levels while reducing the number of times they need to disturb him. Source: San Diego Zoo

Wearable technology is not just for humans. Quincy, a diabetic koala at the San Diego Zoo, is sporting Dexcom’s new G6 continuous glucose monitor (CGM). To make his life more "bearable" and to avoid multiple daily skin pricks to test his blood glucose levels, the Quincy's CGM sensor and transmitter send data in real time to a smart device monitored by his caretakers.

The G6 continuously measures glucose and can take measurements up to 288 times a day and can sense glucose level trends and transmit customizable alarms and alerts.

Zoo staff hope the new sensor will allow them to get more detail about the insulin-deficient koala’s glucose levels while also reducing the number of times they need to disturb him.

To contact the author of this article, email shimmelstein@globalspec.com


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