Redently started using the minimed system and have had problems with the sensor pulling out. I have pretty dam skin and it would help if I could put the LV-3000 transparent dressing on my skin first and then stick the sensor on top of that and then put another Lv-3000 on top of it all. I am told that shooting the sensor through the LV-dressing would contaminate the sensor and skew the results. Is this true, or is this just company overkill caution. I am now trying to keep one stick by cutting a hole in the middle of the dressing so the sensor is not touching the dressing, but I'm not sure if I have disabled the sticking power. Please share your experience along these lines.

Thanks,

Frederick

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I was told not to shoot the sensor through the IV3000 - it would damage the sensor. I too have sensitive skin, and have not had an issue with the adnesive on the sensor so far. I was told not even to use the IV prep (it can also damage the sensor) - only alcohol for insertion and then IV prepe, ONLY on the adhesive if needed after the insertion. After inserting the sensor, you then can use IV prep or some other type of adhesive (i.e. Mastisol - like glue basically) under the adhesive only. After placing the sensor, I just use one or two IV3000 dressings overlapping, and have not had an issue with the sensor not sticking.
Thanks for your reply. How do you get IV prep or Mastisol or other glue under the adhesive once you've placed the sensor? Do you know reasonable sources to get Mastisol?

Frederick
I put my sensor in by using mastisol on my skin, then a layer of IV 3000 with a 1/4" hole in the IV 3000, then put in the sensor, then mastisol on the skin and IV 3000, then a final layer of IV3000. Other than coming off in about 6 days of heavy sweating (still working on that issue). I use my arm and do not use my stomach because it does not last long there are all.
Are you able to get it onto your arm by yourself? I am trying to picture how I may do it by myself, because I want to try to place it there, but can't even visualize doing it by myself.
Any place on your upper arm where you can reach the applicator. The trick is pulling our the applicator and the needle w/o bending it an an angle. The applicator slides back with the feet on your skin at the same angle as it was used for insersion. The needle is a bit of a challenge with one hand, but the trick is to pull our the needle at the same angle as it is in the set, which is not the same as it appears most of the time because the angles on the set part shap is totally different than the angle of the needle. I don't pull the needle untils the tape is secure and use my thumb and index finger to hold it down while I pull. Old sets can be used to see how it all works.
Thanks. What part of your arm do you use? The only place I can find on my arm with sufficient thickness of fat is under the midpoint of the upper arm. Is this where you put it? It would be difficult to do this by myself. Do you put it on without help from another person?

Frederick
I use mole skin to keep my sensor in place. It is cheap and I think more comfortable than transparent dressing.
Do you shoot the sensor straight through the mole skin or do you cut an opening to avoid contamination of the sensor?

Thanks,

Frederick
Since inserting my sensors on my upper leg, sweat hasn't been an issue anymore. I place it about 10" up from my kneecap. Then I use Opsite Flexifix and all is well. Today is my 12th day with the same sensor and the accuracy is darn good. Since I sweat more on my upper body, this sensor doesn't have any issues. I've also been told to NOT insert thru anything.
Good luck.
Thanks, Ron, that sounds like a good idea. Do you need much of a layer of fat for this? Is there any problem if the sensor gets into muscle? The top of my leg there doesn't have much of a layer of fat. Seems like it would be a good place to work with, not as difficult as trying to get something onto your side which is what I've been trying.

Frederick

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