The FreeStyle Libre sensor is applied on to the back of the upper arm with a simple, disposable device called an applicator. When the sensor is applied, a thin, flexible and sterile fibre is inserted just under the skin. It is held in place with a small adhesive pad. In a study conducted by Abbott Diabetes Care, users agreed that inserting the sensor was no more painful than a typical finger prick test.*
To obtain a glucose reading, simply perform a quick, painless 1-second scan of the reader over the sensor. This scan gives you more information than monitoring with blood glucose test strips, without the need for routine finger pricks.1 The FreeStyle Libre system also offers FreeStyle Libre software to generate concise reports to assist with the analysis of glucose data.
Each scan of the reader over the sensor gives a current glucose reading, the last 8-hours of glucose history, and a trend arrow showing if glucose is going up, down, or changing slowly. The reader can scan through clothing5.
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|SENSOR SIZE||5 mm height and 35 mm diameter|
|SENSOR WEIGHT||5 grams|
|SENSOR POWER SOURCE||1 silver oxide battery|
|SENSOR LIFE||Up to 14 days|
|SENSOR MEMORY||8 hours (glucose reading stored every 15minutes)|
|SENSOR OPERATING TEMPERATURE||10°C to 45°C|
|Sensor applicator and sensor pack storage temperature||4°C to 25°C|
|Operating and storage relative humidity||10%-90%, non-condensing|
|SENSOR WATER RESISTANCE||IP27: Can withstand immersion into one meter (3 ft) of water up to 30 minutes|
|OPERATING AND STORAGE ALTITUDE||-381 meters(-1,250 ft) to 3048 meters(10,000 ft)|
The software offers a range of reports, including the 'Glucose Pattern Insights' report which includes assessment of Glucose Control Measures and the Ambulatory Glucose Profile that you can use to:
The FreeStyle Libre software is intended for use by individuals and health care professionals to aid in the review, analysis, and evaluation of information such as sensor glucose readings, blood glucose test results, blood ketone test results, and other data uploaded from the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system, in support of an effective diabetes health management program
The FreeStyle Libre software is not intended for the diagnosis of or screening for diabetes mellitus. Users should be aware that the FreeStyle Libre software is merely an information management tool and it is therefore not intended to substitute for the support of a health care professional. Individuals should always consult their health care professional if they have any queries or concerns about diabetes management.
A computer running one of the following operating systems:
• Microsoft Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit)
• Microsoft Windows 8 (32 or 64 bit)
• Microsoft Windows 10 (32 or 64 bit)
• OS X El Capitan
At minimum, a computer with a USB 2.0 compliant hub with a dual-core 1.6 GHz processor and 2 GB RAM. FreeStyle and related brand marks are trademarks of Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. in various jurisdictions.
Customer Service is available on 0800 170 1177 to answer any questions you may have about the FreeStyle Libre software. Printed User’s Manuals are available upon request.FreeStyle and related brand marks are trademarks of Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. in various jurisdictions. Copyright 2014 Abbott Laboratories. Abbott Park, Illinois,
U.S.A.Copyright 2014 Abbott Laboratories. Abbott Park, Illinois, U.S.A.
Deliveries placed on www.freestylelibre.co.uk can only be shipped to addresses in the United Kingdom. One specific order can only be sent to one specific address. You can store up to 5 different delivery addresses (all in the same country) in your account.
Delivery is £4.94 and takes approximately 5-7 days
If you are not happy with your order, you can return it to us within 14 days of delivery provided the following criteria is met:
Opened Outer Packaging – Sensors
If the outer packaging of the sensors has been opened then you may still cancel the Contract within 14 days of the date of receipt of the sensors.
If you wish to return sensors to Abbott as set out above, please contact the Abbott Customer Careline on 0500 467 466 who will be able to advise you on how to return the sensors to Abbott.
If the individual sensors have not been opened and providing that you return the sensors to Abbott within 14 days Abbott will refund the full purchase price to you and the delivery costs.
You will be responsible for the costs of returning the sensors to Abbott.
In the event that you open an individual sensor package, Abbott is unable to accept the sensor for return for safety and hygiene reasons. You should dispose of the sensor according to the instructions included in the package.
Abbott is unable to offer any refund with respect to Sensors that have been opened.
In the event that you open your reader, Abbott is unable to accept the reader for return for safety and hygiene reasons. You should dispose of the reader according to the instructions included in the package.
Abbott is unable to offer any refund with respect to a reader that has been opened.Close Delivery & Returns
The FreeStyle Libre sensor's small size (similar to a £2 coin) makes it discreet to wear.
This small water resistant2 sensor is worn on the back of your upper arm and lasts for up to 14 days.
Unlike traditional blood glucose monitoring, using the FreeStyle Libre sensor does not involve routine finger pricks.1
Additionally, the FreeStyle Libre sensor is made by a process which means the sensitivity of the sensors vary very little. This means that is calibrated at the factory - so you don’t need to calibrate it again using a finger prick.
It continuously measures the glucose concentration in your interstitial fluid, and stores 8 hours of data.
Finger prick blood glucose readings and sensor glucose readings won’t always match and in fact are likely to be different.3
There is a 5 to 10 minute delay in ISF glucose response to changes in blood glucose.
Sensor glucose readings come from the interstitial fluid (ISF), a thin layer of fluid that surrounds the cells of the tissues below your skin. There is a 5 to 10 minute delay in ISF glucose response to changes in blood glucose.4
1 A finger prick test using a blood glucose meter is required during times of rapidly changing glucose levels when interstitial fluid glucose levels may not accurately reflect blood levels or if hypoglycaemia is reported by the system or when symptoms do not match the systems readings.
2 The sensor is water-resistant in up to 1 meter of water. Do not immerse longer than 30 minutes.
3 Bailey et al. The Performance and Usability of a Factory-Calibrated Flash Glucose Monitoring System. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. Nov 2015; 17(11).
4 Basu A, et al., Time Lag of Glucose from Intravascular to Interstitial Compartment in Humans, Diabetes. 2013 Dec; 62(12): 4083–4087. Published online 2013 Nov 16. doi: 10.2337/db13-1132
5 The reader can capture the data from sensor when it is placed between 1cm to 4cm from sensor.
6 For a complete glycemic picture, scan once every 8 hours.