Dexcom G6 CGM System

How do patients help keep their sensors on for the full 10-day wear?

Dexcom sensors are manufactured with a special adhesive to help them stick to patients’ skin after sensor insertion. Adhesive supplements may also be used.

  • Liquid adhesive agents can be used with the sensor adhesive patch.1,2 A suggestion for patients when using liquid adhesive agents is to:

1. Create an empty oval on the skin with the liquid adhesive product.
2. Let skin adhesive dry.
3. Insert sensor on clean skin in center of oval.

  • Additional adhesive patches or tape can be applied over the sensor adhesive patch.1,2 Suggestions for patients when using adhesive patches or tapes are to:
    • Cut a hole in the adhesive patch or tape to fit around transmitter.
    • Cut the adhesive patch or tape into strips to use ‘‘picture frame’’ technique around sensor adhesive patch.1,3

For detailed step-by-step instructions on how to use the Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System, please refer to the user guide. Dexcom, Inc. does not recommend, endorse or warrant any third-party products, including adhesive supplements and removal products.

View the downloadable "What Works for Me" document, which outlines the step-by-step process for how to insert and remove a Dexcom G6 sensor patch.

1. Chase HP, Messer L: Understanding Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitors. 3rd ed. Denver: Children’s Diabetes Research Foundation, 2016.
2. Englert K, Ruedy K, Coffey J, et al.: Skin and adhesive issues with continuous glucose monitors: a sticky situation. J Diabetes Sci Technol 2014;8:745–751.
3. Ives B, Sikes K, Urban A, et al.: Practical aspects of realtime continuous glucose monitors: the experience of the Yale Children’s Diabetes Program. Diabetes Educ 2010;36: 53–62.

How do patients remove their sensors?

If patients experience difficulty removing the sensor from their skin, these products and techniques may help:

General Removal Techniques

  • Loosen edge of adhesive with fingernail and use products listed below if necessary.1,2
  • While removing tapes, use fingers of opposite hand to push skin down and away from adhesive. Continue to move fingers on skin toward adhesive as it is removed.2
  • ‘‘Fold back’’ technique: Remove adhesive slowly, at low angle, folding back on itself.2
  • ‘‘Stretch and relax’’ technique: Films that stretch (e.g., IV3000 or Tegaderm) may be stretched horizontally away from the center (opposite of the fold back technique) while walking fingers under the dressing to continue stretching it.2
  • Use adhesive removal wipes to rub the skin under the tape toward the adhesive as it is removed. This helps loosen adhesive from skin and may help reduce pain with removal.1
     

Removal Products and Description

Product Description
Uni-solve Adhesive Remover (Smith&Nephew) - Comes in wipes or liquid
AllKare Adhesive Removal Wipe (ConvaTec Inc) - Comes in wipes
Tac Away Adhesive Removal Wipes (Torbot) - Comes in wipes
 - Reciprocal product to Skin Tac
Detachol Adhesive Remover (Eloquest) - Latex free, alcohol free
 - Comes in single use vials or liquid - Reciprocal product to Mastisol
Household oilsa:
 - Baby oil, coconut oil or olive oil
- Least specialized and least expensive option

 

For detailed step-by-step instructions on how to use the Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System, please refer to the user guide. Dexcom, Inc. does not recommend, endorse or warrant any third-party products, including adhesive supplements and removal products.

View the downloadable "What Works for Me" document, which outlines the step-by-step process for how to insert and remove a Dexcom G6 sensor patch.

1. Chase HP, Messer L: Understanding Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitors. 3rd ed. Denver: Children’s Diabetes Research Foundation, 2016.
2. McNichol L, Lund C, Rosen T, Gray M: Medical adhesives and patient safety: State of the science: consensus statements for the assessment, prevention, and treatment of adhesive related skin injuries. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs 2013;40:365–380; quiz E361–E362.
 a Used within institution or support in public commentary, online articles, diabetes blogs, social media.

What are the main differences between Dexcom G5 Mobile and G6?

The Dexcom G6 is the latest generation of CGM available from Dexcom. New features include factory calibration, a 10-day sensor wear period, a one-touch auto-applicator, a new “Urgent Low Soon” Alert, acetaminophen blocking* and a discreet, low-profile wearable transmitter.

*G6 readings can be used to make diabetes treatment decisions when taking up to a maximum acetaminophen dose of 1,000mg every 6 hours. Taking a higher dose may affect the G6 readings.

Is this product indicated for Pediatrics?

Yes, Dexcom G6 is indicated for children as young as 2 years old.

Is the G6 covered by Medicare?

Yes. The Dexcom G6 is now available for patients who meet the Medicare coverage criteria. 

Will Dexcom CLARITY work with G6?

Yes, G6 does work with CLARITY. Patients will not need to register again nor download a new CLARITY App if they have already established an account. If you are already sharing with your clinic, the clinic will not need to reconnect.

What is the Dexcom G6 Upgrade Program?

The targeted ship date for the Dexcom G6 CGM System is June 4th, 2018. Dexcom will provide a seamless upgrade program so that all customers can migrate to our newest CGM system as soon as possible.

New Customers

New customers should get started on the Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM System as soon as possible. These customers will automatically be enrolled in the Dexcom G6 Upgrade Program. New customers who start on Dexcom G5 Mobile after March 27th will automatically receive Dexcom G6 after 90 days in the order which they signed up for the Dexcom G6 Upgrade Program. New customers should go to the Dexcom website and completely fill out the required information to get started.

Current Customers

Current customers who are out of warranty should continue to reorder their current Dexcom CGM System supplies. Current customers who order after March 27th will automatically be enrolled in the Dexcom G6 Upgrade Program and will receive Dexcom G6 after 90 days.

Current customers who are in-warranty past early June will be upgraded to Dexcom G6 when their system components reach out of warranty status. Dexcom or your distributor will discuss an upgrade to Dexcom G6 with you when you are due to place your next order.

All customers will continue to get supplies through their current supplier (eg Dexcom, Edgepark, Byram).

Contact Dexcom

If you are a clinician and want to learn more about Dexcom’s Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems, please fill out the form and a Dexcom representative will contact you.

If you are a Dexcom User or Patient, please contact Dexcom here.

The information you provide will be sent securely and subject to the Dexcom Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.