(Dislaimer: The following concerns an old version of the FreeStyle Libre) Last month a representative of Abbott gave a FreeStyle Libre glucometer for a tryout. The Freestyle Libre consists of a small patch with a microneedle and a readout unit. The microneedle patch has to be applied with a special device and lasts for up to 14 days. Therefore frequent, often painful drawing of capillary blood from the fingertip can be avoided. This concept proved so popular, that the FreeStyle Libre was sold out in Germany shortly after introduction. Some health insurances reimburse this device for type I diabetic patients, even though this is not mandatory in Germany.
The association Institut für Qualitätsmanagement in Medizinischen Laboratorien (INQUAM) promotes the principle of excellence and supports medical laboratories on their way to the first step of the quality management system of the European Foundation for Quality Management “Committed to Excellence” with an adapted matrix for self-evaluation of medical laboratories.