In the beginning, CGM sensors were worn for about 1 week. Over time, technology improved and CGM wear time increased. Now, most CGM sensors can be worn for 10-14 days! But with extended wear time, comes the challenge of keeping the sensor in place for an extended period.
For many people this is a near impossible task as
- Skin types vary. It may take differing times for sensor tape to dry and stick depending on skin type (i.e., dry vs oily skin).
- Activity types differ. Some people lead a lifestyle with more contact than others (i.e., hockey player vs office worker).
- Some people sweat more than others
- Place on clean, dry, lotion free skin
- Upon initial placement, and for a few hours after, keep skin dry and avoid engaging in activities that may make you sweat
- Avoid placing where skin naturally folds or bends
- Avoid placing over excess hair. Removal with a razor may be helpful.
- Rub around the tape immediately after insertion (consider using the back of your fingernail).
- Smooth out any wrinkles in the tape
When using liquid adhesive
- Create a donut hole shape on the skin with the liquid adhesive. Let adhesive dry. Insert sensor in center of donut hole avoiding liquid adhesive.
- Soak the liquid adhesive into sensor tape after placement
Examples of Liquid Adhesive Agents
- Mastisol® (Eloquest) - Comes in liquid, swabs, or single use vials
- Skin Tac™ (Torbot) - Comes in wipes or liquid
Adhesive Patches, Tapes and Covers
- Dexcom clear over tape - order online, direct from Dexcom - FREE
- RockTape® or other Kinesiology tape
Remember, what works for one person may not work for everyone. You may need to try several products or methods to figure out what works best for you.