I'm using IV 3000 (2 3/4 x 2 3/8) to go over my sensors and transmitter. They always seem just a bit small. What do others use? When they don't go on just right one end, either the sensor or the transmitter invariably wriggles out and works its way out of my body. What's the solution? Different dressing, bigger dressing, tape?
we use the Tegaderm brand..same size...but they are easier to visually center over the transmitter. Also, tegaderm doesn't leave a residue and holds up well to swimming etc.
I had the same problem and eventually just gave up and used 2 every time. Now of course I did have some help with obtaining more (free of charge) from a friend, but eventually had to buy my own. I honestly don't see why they don't make them bigger?
I have tried dozens of tapes because I used to have an allergy to the Omnipod but now use Minimed. I found the IV3000 to be too small and not stick well. I use the tegaderm also. Sometimes in the summer two layers is necessary.
Cut one in half and use to tape over short end. Save other half for next time needed.
I use the same thing and never have had a problem
I center the IV 3000 near the edge of the transmitter
and then cover the entire sensor and Transmitter
The size of the IV 3000 is more than enough to cover both
I tried the IV 3000 that they supplied when I first got my pump in May 2012. I had a horrible time trying to get them to stick for more than a day or so. I think it was due to the covering that was on it (the plastic type stuff.) I now use tegaderm which is the same size as the IV 3000 but rather than the covering it has a thin cardboard type covering just over the edge of it. With the tegaderm I can easily get it put over the sensor and make sure it is stuck down well. I have poor eye sight and perception at times so that adds to my difficulties of using the IV 3000. With tegaderm it will usually last the 3 days until I change the sensor where with the IV 3000 I was having to tape it after a day.
I only cover the entire sensor/transmitter when I go swimming for extra protection and then I take the outer prep off after and dry and replace it.
when I insert the sensor, I cut an IV 3000 in half lengthwise, place one over the tail of the adhesive pad that adheres to your skin (the part that will be under the transmitter) and the other half just over the part of the sensor that will be free when transmittor is attached. then after I attach the transmitter I use 2/3's of another IV prep to go over the sensor tip and part of the transmittor.I
Press down on the sensor to make sure it is secure to my skin, this still allows the transmitter to bob a bit but it will secure it so you do not catch it to yur clothing. this will include covering about the first 1/2 inch of the transmitter, just where it starts to get wider. I am still using the old one, the new model is not yet available in the US. I have been using the pump for 15 years and the sensor for as long as it has been covered by incurance (5 years?) when I swim I add a new prep to cover as much of sensor/transmittir I can but I always remove it when I am done, the one beneath will come off, and I then replace the 2/3 prep. It is a lot of preps but it works for me. also, if I cover the whole thing it can cause the sensor probe to be pulled out. Medtronic said it is good to let the transmitter bob, it should not lay perfectly flat on your body since your body is not perfectly flat. Best of luck. It took me a lot of tries and types of tape to figure it all out so keep trying...
i use nexcare's gentle paper tape to hold down the sensor and transmitter. and save the IV dressings for when i know i'm going to be around water (pools, ocean,..) it's less expensive and allows the skin to breath
Thanks all for your suggestions. Trying the 1 and 1/2 IV 3000 this time. I may try the Tegaderm next time I order but still have lots of the IV3000s left. We'll see how it goes.
I use the markings to center it and at the highest point where the transmitter connects to the sensor. You kind of have to visually inspect the tape first because the rounded end doesn't go all the way to the edge. I usually look for the edge of the tape on the rounded end and space a finger to 1.5 finger widths from the edge of the sensor and it goes on fine. I also stick the middle part of the tape first, followed by the squared end, then the rounded end. I took me awhile, but I have finally gotten it donw to a science, and one peice of IV3000 stays in place for 6 days. The only time it doesn't is here when it's 100 degrees outside and I'm playing volleyball or my skin gives off alot of mosture.
I also use tegaderm HP TRANSPARENT FILM PATCHES ( OVAL SHAPE ) SIZE IS 4 BY 4 THEY WORK GREAT