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ADERNH's Photo ADERNH Posts: 576
7/17/09 10:15 A

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I have 1 full box of the quick sets that are being recalled. I didn't find out about the recall until I went to the web site of the place I buy my sensors. I checked on Medtronic's site and they said to contact your supplier. I called Liberty and they told me Medtronic will be sending me a box along with instructions on returning the recalled ones. I have no other choice but to use the recalled ones until I get my new shipment - should be here tomorrow.

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RLEEGIRL's Photo RLEEGIRL Posts: 530
7/8/09 3:42 P

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My tech did say not to use the IV prep but until you said Super I didnt know why. I just put my 3rd one in and used 3 pieces of the tape they sent to me lets see how it works tonight I have to work. Hey did anyone else get the recall about our quicsets I have to send back 5 boxes because they are all defective,but they are going to replace them(they damn well better).

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7/8/09 3:28 P

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DON'T DO IT!
... The IV prep that is.
The end of the sensor is a tiny little electrode sensor, and "injecting" it through skin with "stuff" on it contaminates the sensor and renders it useless.
(I tried it once.)
Alcohol works because it evaporates when it dries, but the skin-tac, skin-prep, IV Prep, anything that stays on your skin is a no-no unless you can very carefully wipe around where the sensor inserts so it goes in through a clean spot but the tape has something to stick to.



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NESEKS Posts: 281
7/8/09 12:24 P

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When I got my CGM I was told not to use the IV prep, but to use alcohol wipes instead. Not sure of the reason, but that's all I use and I haven't had a problem.

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BROWNEYEDKITTY's Photo BROWNEYEDKITTY Posts: 151
7/8/09 1:08 A

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I don't have a CGM, but was wondering (if the sensors for the tape are anything like those of a pump set), do you think using IV prep would help them stick to you better?

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7/7/09 1:59 P

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I don't know why they don't stick so well, but I have the same problem.
I've had good luck cutting a piece of tegaderm in half and putting half over the sensor and the other half holding down the edge of the transmitter, but I don't think it feels very good to peel back off.
I also have a roll of regular first aid tape called Transpore in a 1" roll that I use often, it stretches a little but if I don't cut the corners so they are rounded it peels up after about 2 days. (I use a 4-5" strip on the sensor and again holding down the edge of the transmitter.)
The big square patches (I think IV3000)work well, but they're TOO sticky for me, I lost a big square of skin last time I had to peel one of those back off, but I can lose skin from bandaids too so that's probably not a valid complaint for most people.
Good luck!

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RLEEGIRL's Photo RLEEGIRL Posts: 530
7/7/09 12:50 P

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Using the two overlapping sounds like a good idea thanks everyone for your input,Tomorrow Ill try the 3rd one with the overlapping tape and hope this will work,Ill have to get more tape at CVS or Walgreens.

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ADERNH's Photo ADERNH Posts: 576
7/7/09 12:31 P

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I react to the IV3000 and get bad skin shear. I have a sensitive skin tape called Mefix in 1" and 2" widths that I use. You can get it on Amazon.com. I will occasionally get skin shear with it and it sticks better the longer it is on! If I put it on just before I shower, it tends to come off. So I try to put it on after I am dry. I use my sensors for 6 days.

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NESEKS Posts: 281
7/7/09 12:29 P

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My Dr told me to use 2 of the clear skin tapes to make a bigger surface. I put 1 over half the sensor and transmitter and then overlap the other covering the other end of the sensor and transmitter. ( so it makes a bigger piece) They also make a bigger square skin that I will probably order when I need more, I think it's a 4x4 inch. Good luck. Denise

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STUBBNO Posts: 6
7/7/09 11:33 A

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I had the same problem. What I ended up doing is puting a piece of (polyskin -- transparent)tape over the tape that is under the sensor and also puting the tape over the whole sensor. The type of tape I use is IV3000. It is a 2 3/8in x 2 3/4 in size. It secures it in place. You can shower with it.

Hope this works..

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RLEEGIRL's Photo RLEEGIRL Posts: 530
7/7/09 10:13 A

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Just started with the CGM sensors 35.00 apiece and heres my problem.I have a very active job lots of bending and moving and subsequently sweating,the sticky tape they gave me sucks and doesnt stick so I lose my sensor after only 2 days has anybody else had this problem and do you know of any better tape I could use.My Medtronic rep said I could get 5 days out of each sensor and they are so expensive I would like to.

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