What is a monofilament?
Monofilaments are the most effective method of testing for loss of protective sensation (LOPS) in diabetic patients. Testing for LOPS is a key care component for avoiding diabetic foot ulceration. In order to be effective, monofilaments must be standardized. Our monofilaments use a proprietary polymer fiber that delivers 10 grams of force when bent to the point of flexion, which is the medical standard for screening for loss of protective sensation in the foot.
Why Use Monofilaments?
Although they may seem simple at first glance, monofilaments are critical to reducing diabetic foot ulceration and subsequent limb loss. Individuals with loss of protective sensation (LOPS) are 6-7 times more likely to develop ulceration.
If healthcare providers and patients can identify loss of protective sensation (LOPS) early, they are able to take the necessary precautions to protect their feet and avoid diabetic foot ulceration. This is why monofilament testing has been widely adopted by the International Diabetes Federation, the World Health Organization and the American Diabetes Association.
It’s also important to know that you don’t need to be a healthcare professional to test with monofilaments – these products are easy-to-use and the majority of patients – 87% – can self-screen with high accuracy
Monofilaments can be adversely affected by time, extreme temperature, and high humidity, and should therefore be stored appropriately at room temperature in a dry environment. Our monofilaments are designed to be used within 12 m.
How to use a 10 g monofilament
Upon initial use or after rest it is best to buckle the monofilament a few times prior to applying to the person’s skin as this will remove any residual stiffness. If this is not done the monofilament will deliver more than 10 g of force.
Explain what are you going to do and why. Then apply the monofilament to somewhere else on the person, for example the forearm, so that they can experience the sensation of the monofilament.