Step-by-step guide to setting up freestyle libre 3 for continuous glucose monitoring Step-by-step guide to setting up freestyle libre 3 for continuous glucose monitoring

So, you've got your hands on the Freestyle Libre 3 and you're ready to dive into continuous glucose monitoring. Let's walk through the steps to get you started and make the most of this cutting-edge technology.

Step 1: Preparing the Sensor

  • Clean the Skin: Start with clean, dry skin on the back of your upper arm. Avoid using lotions or creams that could interfere with sensor adhesion.
  • Apply the Sensor: Peel off the sensor's adhesive backing and gently apply it to the prepared skin area. Press down firmly to ensure good adhesion.

Step 2: Activating the Sensor

  • Wait for Activation: After applying the sensor, wait for the activation period (usually one hour) before scanning.
  • Scan with Reader or App: Use the Freestyle LibreLink app on your smartphone or the Freestyle Libre 3 reader to scan the sensor. Hold the reader or phone close to the sensor to initiate scanning.
  • Calibration (if required): Unlike some continuous glucose monitoring systems, the Freestyle Libre 3 is factory-calibrated and typically does not require manual calibration. Follow any specific instructions provided by your healthcare provider or the device manufacturer.

Step 3: Monitoring and Data Insights

  • Continuous Monitoring: Once activated and scanned, the Freestyle Libre 3 starts continuous glucose monitoring. You can check your glucose levels anytime by scanning the sensor with the reader or app.
  • Track Trends: Use the data provided by the Freestyle Libre 3 to track glucose trends, patterns, and variability over time. This information can help you make informed decisions about medication adjustments, diet modifications, and lifestyle changes.

Step 4: Managing Alarms and Settings

  • Set Alarms (optional): Customize high and low glucose alarms using the Freestyle LibreLink app or reader. This feature can alert you to potential glucose fluctuations and help you take prompt action.
  • Adjust Settings: Explore and adjust settings such as glucose units (mmol/L or mg/dL), display brightness, and alarm preferences to suit your preferences and needs.

Step 5: Replacing the Sensor

  • Wear Time: The Freestyle Libre 3 sensor is designed for wear for up to 14 days. Replace the sensor promptly after the wear period ends to maintain accurate monitoring.
  • Sensor Removal: Gently remove the sensor by peeling it off the skin. Dispose of the used sensor properly according to local guidelines.

Tips for Optimal Use

  • Avoid Compression: Minimize pressure or compression on the sensor site to prevent inaccurate readings. Avoid sleeping directly on the sensor or wearing tight clothing that could press against it.
  • Stay Connected: Keep your Freestyle LibreLink app updated and ensure your reader is charged for uninterrupted monitoring.
  • Skin Sensitivity: Monitor your skin for any signs of irritation or allergies at the sensor site. If you experience discomfort, consult with your healthcare provider.

By following these steps and tips, you can unlock the full potential of the Freestyle Libre 3 for continuous glucose monitoring and gain valuable insights into your diabetes management journey. Book an online consultation with us today! Our team of healthcare professionals is ready to provide personalised guidance and support for all your pharmaceutical needs.