What is the best way to store sensors for the longest possible and most reliable) life? Since they often seem to reach the expiration date before I get to use them, I'd like to not waste them, but I also (in an FDA/MedT approved way of asking) want to make sure they are as accurate as possible when inserted and haven't been weakened by the storage environment.
I've heard some people store them in the refrigerator, but I'd be concerned that the humidity wouldn't be good for the sensors. Plus, I know to avoid high heat, but didn't know that cold is any better. I used to store them in a linen closet, but I found that got really hot in there since it's recessed into attic space. I now keep it in the bedroom, however the A/C is set to a higher temp during the day when no one's home (to save energy) and it can easily get to 86 degrees in that room with the afternoon sun beating through the windows.
Put them on the refrigerator that is the medtronic advice for keep them in goo working conditions .
That was the avice given for my medtronic trainer.
I store them in a Plastic Box in a Inside Closet that is always cool.
Here is the recommendation from Medtronics:
Storing Glucose Sensors
Glucose sensors can be stored at room temperature between +36°F to +80°F (+2°C to +27°C).
For temperatures greater than +80°F (+27°C), sensors will require cooled storage (such as in an ice chest or refrigerator) at temperatures not lower than +36°F (+2°C). Prior to using a sensor stored in a cool environment, allow the sensor package to warm up to room temperature for about 15 minutes before opening the sensor package to prevent condensation.
Warning Do not freeze the sensor. Sensors should not be stored in direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, or humidity.