Are you ready to get the full picture of your changing glucose levels throughout the day and night with your new FreeStyle Libre system? If so, we want to help you get the most out of it.
Please refer to the FreeStyle Libre system User Manual for complete instructions.
Your sensor is the key to getting your complete glucose picture so don't forget to choose the site correctly and apply your sensor with care:
Select an area of skin on the back of your upper arm that generally stays flat during normal daily activities (no bending or folding).
Avoid areas with moles, scarring or tattoos.
Choose a site that is at least 2.5cm (1 inch) away from an insulin injection site.
To prevent discomfort or skin irritation, you should select a different site other than the one most recently used.
Preparing your skin is an important step toward ensuring adhesion.The table below suggests solutions to help overcome common skin surface conditions.
|Oily Surface||Soap, lotion, shampoo or conditioner might leave oily residue on the skin that may prevent the sensor from sticking properly.||To improve adhesion,clean the skin with soap and water, dry the skin, clean the skin with an alcohol wipe and allow skin to air dry (do not blow on it) before proceeding.|
|Wet Surface||Moisture gets in the way of adhesion.Keep the skin dry prior to application.||To improve adhesion, dry the skin, clean the skin with an alcohol wipe and allow skin to air dry(do not blow on it) before proceeding.|
|Hairy Surface||Hair gets in-between the skin and sensor adhesive.||The site selected on the back of upper arm should be clean-shaven.|
You may find it helpful to use the following products to support adhesion. Everyone's skin is different; You may need to try various products to find the one that is right for you. Consult with your healthcare provider to decide on the best option.
The information below does not constitute an endorsement of the manufacturer or the product quality. Abbott Diabetes Care is not responsible for the completeness or accuracy of product information. Product availability may vary by country and region.
The manufacturer’s instructions for use of each product should be followed.
|Preparing the skin||Coloplast Prep Barrier Wipe||Clear film forms a breathable barrier protecting against skin irritants such as adhesives (coloplast.us)|
|3M Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film||Alcohol-free barrier film intended to protect skin from body fluids, adhesives and friction. It is composed of a unique 3M terpolymer that forms a breathable, transparent protective coating on the skin. (3m.corm)|
|Convatec Sensi, Care Sting Free Skin Barrier||Creates a breathable barrier that protects the skin from damage caused by adhesives, body waste and friction (convatec.co.uk)|
|Reliject Pre-Injection Wipes||Individually wrapped alcohol wipes, 2ply (reliancemedical.co.uk)|
|Razor||Used for shaving off unwanted body hair (gillette.co.uk)|
|Helping the sensor to stick||Torbot Skin Tac||A hypo-allergenic and latex-free "tacky" skin barrier (torbot.co.uk)|
|Removing the Sensor||Baby Oil||Soft moisturiser (johnsonsbaby.co.uk)|
|Remove Adhesive Remover||Removes adhesive residue on skin (smith-nephew.co.uk)|
|UNI-SOLVE Adhesive Remover||Formulated to reduce adhesive trauma to the skin by thoroughly dissolving dressing tape and appliance adhesives (smith-nephew.co.uk)|
Now that you have prepared the site, you're ready to apply your sensor. The Sensor Pack and Sensor Applicator are packaged as a set (separately from the Reader).
Open the Sensor Pack by peeling off the lid completely. Unscrew the cap from the sensor applicator and set the cap aside.
Line up the dark mark on the Sensor Applicator with the dark mark on the Sensor Pack. Press firmly down on the sensor applicator until it comes to a stop.
Place the Sensor Applicator over the prepared site and push down firmly to apply the sensor to your body.
Gently pull the Sensor Applicator away from your body. The Sensor should now be attached to your skin.
Make sure the Sensor is secure after application. Put the cap back on the Sensor Applicator. Discard the used Sensor Pack and Sensor Applicator according to local regulations.
Use extra care while moving through your day. Avoid bumping or catching your sensor on doorframes, car doors, furniture, people, pets and other hand objects.
Avoid touching, pushing or pulling on the sensor. Also do not touch, scratch, or pull on the adhesive around the sensor, even if the adhesive has begun to peel. Ask children and loved ones to do the same.
Use extra care to avoid hitting or catching the sensor on clothing while getting dressed.
The sensor is water resistant but use extra care when cleansing around the sensor and when toweling off so that you do not catch or pull off the sensor. Do NOT take your Sensor deeper than 1 metre (3 feet) or immerse it longer than 30 minutes in water.
Avoid tight clothing on your arms while wearing the sensor. Tight clothing around your arms may pull off the sensor.
Avoid contact sports and heavy exercise with activity that may knock off your sensor.