2001 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators
Children with Diabetes exhibited at the 2001 American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. We showed our web site, two scrapbooks from our recent conference in Disney World, the "Wall of Fame" collection of photos of kids who attended the conference, and a Rufus bear preparing to begin his journey as a diabetes ambassador.
Time and again, people came up to our booth and told us that Children with Diabetes was the first and only web site that they recommended to their patients. We were very glad to hear that, of course. Everyone loved the scrapbooks from Disney and the "Wall of Fame" photos of our kids. Someone even asked to buy one of the scrapbooks! Rufus #8 collected hundreds of signatures in his diary, a great way to start his trip to meet kids with diabetes around the world.
We also handed out preliminary information for next year's conference, "Friends for Life," to be held in Pasadena, California from July 17 - 21, 2002. Be sure to mark your calendars now!
The AADE 2001 show was very busy, as the crowd shows
News from the Show Floor
Hundreds of companies, large and small, exhibited on the show floor. There were a couple of interesting items to report:
1. BD Showed New 5mm Mini Needle
BD showed new BD Mini needles for both insulin syringes and insulin pens. The new needles are significantly shorter than other syringe and pen needles. Traditional needles are 1/2" long (12.7mm). Short needles are 5/16" (8mm). The new needles are only 3/16" (5mm).
The new BD Mini syringes are available in 100, 50, and 30 unit sizes. The 30 unit syringe also has half-unit markings to make it easier for everyone who uses small amounts of insulin to measure half units.
With the new smaller needle, no "pinch up" is needed to give an injection. BD provides a booklet entitled Guidelines for Using The 5mm Insulin Injection Needle, which explains how to use the new short syringes and pen needles correctly. The booklet cites various studies, including one in children which showed that glucose control was unchanged and that the majority of people preferred the 5mm length.
Note: Even though the 5mm needle syringes were shown at the AADE 2001 conference, they were not released for sale in the United States.
Close up of the various needle lengths
Comparing the 1/2", 5/16", and 3/16" needles
The new BD Mini syringes and pen needles come in new packaging.
2. Hypoguard Shows Insuflon®
The Insuflon® by Hypoguard is an infusion set for people who use injection therapy. Like an insulin pump infusion set, the Insuflon is inserted under the skin and remains in place for two to three days. During that time, you inject insulin through the Insuflon set, avoiding the discomfort of injections. If you or your child find injections overly stressful, you may want to talk with your diabetes team about this product.
Note that inserting an infusion set like this should be done using a skin numbing agent such as ELA-MAX or EMLA to prevent discomfort that would be significantly greater than an insulin injection.
The Insuflon® infusion set for injections
3. Roche Introduces the Accu-Chek ActiveTM
Roche introduced the Accu-Chek ActiveTM, a new meter that takes 1 microliter of blood and produces results in five seconds. The test strip allows you to apply the blood sample first, and then insert the strip into the meter. We'll be getting a meter to test in the coming weeks. Watch for our review.
Roche also showed a product under development -- an Accu-Chek Advantage-style testing module mated to a Visor PDA. This product is not yet approved for sale by the FDA, but it does show the future product focus for blood glucose testing products.
The new Accu-Chek ActiveTM
Posted August 18, 2001
Last Updated: Tuesday April 08, 2003 11:43:01
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