Microdot Blood Glucose Monitor

Fast, accurate and easy way to monitor your diabetes

Monitoring your type 1 or type 2 diabetes is easy with the microdot+ Blood Glucose monitoring system.

The microdot+ meter requires no coding or calibration, with time and date already entered into the meter. Its low blood requirement (0.6 µl) combined with its advanced features allows you to monitor your blood sugar wherever and whenever you want.

Microdot+ test strips are available from all UK pharmacies (PIP CODE 3517-695). Please contact us via our helpline or website for assistance and to obtain the computer download system/cable.

Patient Information and Support

For replacement batteries, control solutions, log books or lancing devices please order these by contacting us via the contact page or helpline number, or by registering an account and requesting these via our online shop.
If you require a starter kit (including meter, strips, lancing device and lancets) please call our freephone helpline – 0800 088 3920. We operate a free meter for life scheme so please complete the warranty card with your details, this can be found in your Microdot+ starter kit box, and return this to us or use the Registration Form by following the link here (insert link).

Microdot+ strip and control use
Please be aware that the vial of strips must be closed after every use to prevent contamination (thus resulting in false readings). Once opened strips will last for six months providing they are sealed after every use and stored as per storage instructions. If your strips are consistently reading outside of the ideal control range (this can be found on the strip vial) please contact us for replacements and we will exchange them. Control solution is only accurate for three months after opening but replacement solution is available free of charge from CSL via our helpline, contact page or online shop (insert link).

Software Download System:
By using the software programme you can monitor your blood glucose readings by charting graphs and lists of your readings and insulin data (all these automatically save the time and date). The download cable is available to purchase via our online shop. The software is free of charge please find on the download page following this link (insert link).

For more information or help setting up the software system please contact our helpline on 0800 088 3920 or via the contact page. The software should take you through the set up system when downloaded.

Display Messages and Problem Solving
The following is a summary of some error messages. These messages help to identify certain problems but do not appear in all cases when a problem has occurred. Improper use may cause an inaccurate result without producing an error message or a symbol. In the event of a problem, refer to the information under ACTION. Please consult the user manual for a list of all messages and symbols.

View messages and symbols

When ordering please do not forget to request and/or download the VAT exemption form (if applicable). Postage and packaging is free of charge on all orders over £30.00, normal postage and packaging is £3.50 for orders under £30.00.

Please note replacement batteries, control solutions and lancing devices are all free of charge and no postal charges will be applied.

Benefits

• No coding or code chips: Therefore teaching patients is very simple and saves a lot of time.

• Patient safety: There are no maltose interference problems with Microdot+ unlike many other systems, Microdot+ can therefore be used by dialysis patients or those undergoing IV therapy.

• Healthcare Professional Safety: Microdot+ has a strip eject button so there is no need to handle used strips or come into contact with patient blood.

• Ease of Training: Microdot+ has a fill window so that the patient can see the blood filling the strip; in addition the blood can be applied from the top as well as the side, thus you do not have to be so fastidious in how you apply the blood.

• Advanced features to help compliance: Microdot+ has many advanced features including a large easy to read display; small blood sample required (0.06µ); fill check (so a result is only given if enough blood is applied); ability to set up to 4 alarms and a buzzer.

 

Feature
Microdot+
ISO Standard/Evidence of accuracy See Freckmann et al. J. Of Diabetes scince and technology. Vol 6, issue 5, Sept 2012 third party, peer reviewed paper showing that Microdot+ meets the new ISO 15197:2013Accuracy requirement
Assay Method NAD dependent glucose dehydrogenase method.
Mmol/l  range 1.1 to 29.2mmol/L
Can the meter be adjusted to measure in another unit (i.e. not mmol/l) No
Set-up required (e.g. dates, time etc) Meter Pre set and ready to use. No set up needed
Coding required No coding or chip insertion required
Sample size Required 0.6 microliter of glucose
Blood Under fill detection on meter No result given if strip underfilled.
Measurement time 10 seconds
Insulin Data entry Insulin type, dosage and time of injection can all be recorded.
Display size 41mm x 38mm
Font Size 17mm (font 76 size approx.)
Memory Capacity 500 results also stores insulin results. In excess of 100K if attached to PC.
Is the memory deletable? No
Can the meter do averages? Meter provides a 14 day average result
Weight of meter 58 grams (including battery)
Device Size H-80mm W-64mm D-15mm
Operating temperature 10-40⁰C
Haematocrit 25-55%
Device storage requirements Device can be stored at any temperature but should be brought into operating temperature before use.
Compatible Strip Name Microdot+ test strips (only)
Cost of Strips (50) in National Drug Tariff £9.49
Strip Storage Requirements Dry cool place between 10-30⁰C
Strip expiry 6months after opening
Ability to flag control results Yes
Alternate site testing Yes, UK clinical trial
Alarm reminders 4 alarm reminders
Are the batteries free or rechargeable? Free of charge

Lasts for 1,500 tests equivalent to 1 year at 3 tests per day.

How much does replacement Control solution cost and batteries? Free of charge
Is the device free for NHS organisations? Yes
PC Download available Yes for both professional and home use.
Ability to self-eject strip Yes, ejection button
Hypoglycaemia warning Hypoglycaemia warning if blood glucose level dropping a more than 1.6mmol/L per hour.
Meal and event marking Yes, results can be marked for pre and post meal and events.
Patient helpline details (e.g. multiple languages, opening times?) 9-5 Monday to Friday helpline (0800 088 3920), 24 hour internet service.
Educational Material details (e.g. multiple languages, braille etc) Instructions available in multiple languages(e.g. English, Polish, Hindu, Urdu, Sanskrit, German, Dutch, Czech, Arabic)
Audible notifications The meter beeps when sufficient blood is correctly applied.

FAQs

Q: How do I get Microdot+ Blood Glucose test strips?
A: Microdot+ Blood Glucose Test Strips are supplied as a stock item by all major UK pharmaceutical wholesalers including AAH, Alliance/Boots/Unichem & Phoenix (UK). They can also be ordered direct from Cambridge Sensors Ltd by using our online shop or contacting the Freephone helpline on 0800 088 3920. Please write your prescription for Microdot+ Test strips (don’t forget the plus sign). PIP CODE 351-7695
Q: How do I get Microdot Lancets?
A: Microdot Lancets (please note there is NO plus sign for lancets) are available on prescription (PIP CODE 359-7762) or by purchasing from our online shop.
Q: How do I get a Microdot Blood Glucose Meters?
A: These are provided free by Cambridge Sensors Ltd. by requesting via our online shop or contacting our Freephone Helpline: UK 0800 088 3920 RIO 1850 211896
Q: How do I or my patients get additional batteries, log books, control solutions or lancing devices?
A: These are provided free by Cambridge Sensors Ltd. by using our online shop or by contacting the Freephone Helpline: UK 0800 088 3920 ROI 1850 211896
Q: How long do the strips and control solutions last?
A: All strips and starter kits you receive to your surgery will have at least 18 months left on the shelf life, if you come across anything with a shorter shelf life please let us know and we will replace it free of charge. Please be aware that the vial of strips must be closed after every use and stored in a correct manner to prevent contamination (thus resulting in false readings). Once opened the strips will last for six months providing they are sealed after every use. If your strips are consistently reading outside of the ideal control range (this can be found on the strip vial) please contact us for replacement and we will exchange them. Control solution is only accurate for three months after opening but replacement solution is available free of charge from CSL via our helpline or online shop.
Q: How do I prescribe Microdot Droplet pen needles?
A: Write your prescription (size) microdot droplet pen needles. PIP CODES- 4mm – 384-6177 6mm – 373-9471 8mm – 373-9489

Downloads

VAT Exemption Form
Diabetes and Driving Guidance
Microdot+ Instructions for Use
Microdot Meter - Disinfection Procedures

Healthcare Professional Information

Microdot blood glucose systems are now widely used by healthcare professionals and include many features that are designed to make blood glucose testing accurate, safe and efficient. These include strip ejection (to avoid handling blood contaminated strips); addition of blood from the side or above the strip; no coding; quality assurance systems (including EQAS); full training and support. The technically advanced strip chemistry (NAD glucose dehydrogenase) is usually only found on laboratory instrumentation and is designed to reduce the effects of interferences such as Vitamin C and common drugs. All devices conform to the latest ISO 15197:2013 standards for accuracy, and extensive clinical trials have been carried out in UK primary care settings (where most diabetes is treated).

Prescribing

Cost Effective Prescribing: Microdot+ Glucose Test System
Blood glucose test strips are second on the drugs budgets of CCGs after statins. Indeed, total spend on strips  grew by an astonishing 50% from 2008 to 2013 and a typical CCG will now be spending £0.4M per annum these items.

Microdot+ (www.microdot.biz) is a state of the art blood glucose test system, manufactured in Cambridgeshire by Cambridge Sensors Ltd (www.cs-limited.co.uk). It is already being used successfully by over 15000 insulin users in the UK.  Microdot+ is designed to make blood glucose testing easy for patients and healthcare professionals, as well as cost effective for commissioning bodies.

Orders
To order in the UK either (a) fax your order for Microdot+ products direct to Cambridge Sensors or (b) order from Alliance Healthcare Distribution, Phoenix Healthcare or AAH or (c) Call the helpline to order strips, sundries and replacement kits. If your order is received before 12:00am you should receive your order the following day. If you are a pharmacist you will be invoiced for the drug tariff price, less your relevant discounts from Alliance Healthcare Distribution phoenix or A.A.H. There is currently no charge for postage or packaging if you order direct from Cambridge Sensors on all free of charge items (starter kits and sundries) all other items will be charged postage and packaging on all orders under £30.

Features of the system include:

  • No calibration or coding.
  • Insulin data entry, 4 alarms to remind when to test, event marking
  • Unique telemedicine features allowing remote monitoring of high risk patients.
  • Free training and support for all DSN’s/healthcare professionals.

Cost Effective Prescribing: Microdot droplet pen needles
In order to help control costs further, Cambridge Sensors is now offering a range of high quality insulin pen needles for prescription, under the brand name “Microdot Droplet”, in the UK and Ireland. A typical CCG with an average of at least 5,000 insulin users will be spending over £300,000 on these items per year and the bill is growing at an average of 6% per annum.

Microdot Droplet pen needles are made to our specifications in the EU by major ISO compliant manufacturer, are designed to make insulin injection as pain free as possible, and have a highly engineered tip that reduces pain and improves compliance.

Due to their comfort, extra sharpness and thin wall, the microdot droplets are designed to make insulin injection as PAIN FREE as possible. The Microdot Droplet pen needles are compatible with all UK insulin pens.

 

 

Benefits

• No coding or code chips: Therefore teaching patients is very simple and saves a lot of time.

• Patient safety: There are no maltose interference problems with Microdot+ unlike many other systems, Microdot+ can therefore be used with dialysis patients or those undergoing IV therapy.

• Healthcare Professional safety: Microdot+ has a strip eject button so there is no need to handle patient blood.

• Ease of Training: Microdot+ has a fill window so that the patient can see the blood filling the strip; in addition the blood can be applied from the top as well as the side, thus you do not have to be so fastidious in getting the patient to apply blood from the side.

• Advanced features to help compliance: Microdot+ has many advanced features including a large easy to read display; small blood sample required (0.06µ); fill check (so a result is only given if enough blood is applied); 4 settable alarms and a buzzer.

• Money: The CCG saves on each prescription written for Microdot+ in comparison to other brands. Blood glucose test strips are one of the largest items on the CCG budget and these savings can be used to maintain other important services in the CCG, especially regarding the stringent cost constraints over the next several years.

Technical information

FAQs

Q: How do I get the test strips?
A: Please write your prescription for Microdot+ Test strips (don’t forget the plus sign). PIP CODE 3517695
Q: How do I prescribe the lancets?
A: Microdot Lancets 30G (please note there is NO plus sign for lancets) PIP CODE 359-7762 Microdot Plus 30G PIP CODE: 405-4961 Microdot Plus 33G PIP CODE: 405-4979
Q: How do I get the meters?
A: These are provided free by Cambridge Sensors Ltd. Helpline: UK 01480-482920 RIO 1850 211896
Q: Can my local pharmacy get the test strips?
A: Yes, they are sold as a stock item by all major UK pharmaceutical wholesalers including AAH, Alliance/Boots/Unichem & Phoenix (UK). They can also be ordered direct from Cambridge Sensors Ltd by faxing the order through to 01480-482921
Q: How do I or my patients get additional batteries, log books, control solutions or lancing devices?
A: These are provided free by Cambridge Sensors Ltd. Helpline: UK 01480-482920 ROI 1850 211896
Q: How long do the strips and control solutions last?
A: All strips and starter kits you receive to your surgery will have at least 18 months left on the shelf life, if you come across anything with a short shelf life please let us know and we will replace it free of charge. Please be aware that the vial of strips must be closed after every use to prevent contamination (thus resulting in false readings). Once opened strips will last for six months providing they are sealed after every use. If your strips are consistently reading outside of the ideal control range (this can be found on the strip vial) please contact us for replacement and we will exchange them. Control solution is only accurate for three months after opening but replacement solution is available free of charge from CSL via our helpline or contact page.
Q: How do I prescribe microdot droplet pen needles?
A: Write your prescription (size) microdot droplet pen needles. PIP CODES- 4mm – 384-6177 6mm – 373-9471 8mm – 373-9489

Downloads

Microdot+ Blood Glucose Monitoring - Information Leaflet
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