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

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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.

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