Insertion Site Management

Taping Methods

General Suggestions (Infusion Sets & Sensors)
  • Keep the site clean-shaven.
  • Try removing dead surface skin cells with a facial scrub, brush or loofah or a washcloth with soap and water followed by an alcohol swab.
  • Stretch skin tight before using a prep wipe or tape.
  • After you apply the tape, go back around the edge of the tape with your finger to seal the edges to your skin.
  • Avoid placing your infusion or sensor site at your waistband which could rub and loosen the tape.
  • Avoid using lotions where you intend on applying tape as the tape won't stick well on top of lotion.
Infusion Set - Antiperspirant

Using a non-deodorant antiperspirant on your infusion set site prior to insertion sometimes helps the tape stick better.

  1. Purchase a solid or spray antiperspirant for site use only (no gels or creams).
  2. Apply around your chosen infusion site and allow it to soak in for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Clean site with soap and water to remove any excess from skin.
  4. Follow insertion directions as usual.
  5. If you use a solid stick antiperspirant, clean it with an alcohol wipe after each use.

Did You Know: The antiperspirant formulas target a specific gland in your skin in order to "turn-off" the production of moisture. This allows the infusion set to stick better with minimal need for extra tape or sticky stuff that might increase the risk of skin reactions.

Infusion Set - Basic Method
  1. If possible, plan to change your site around your shower time so you can clean the site well. Before you shower, remove your old infusion set. You may clean off the old adhesive with an adhesive remover if the skin appears to be sticky. In the shower, wash off the area with soap.
  2. If your site change is not around your shower time, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water as well as the areas you intend to insert your infusion set.
  3. Disinfect the skin with isopropyl alcohol or an alcohol wipe.
  4. Let skin dry thoroughly before applying either the infusion set or the adhesive.
  5. Apply a prep wipe (for example IV Prep) in a large area around the site and fan it, allowing it to become sticky. You can also try a stronger adhesive, such as Mastisol. However, be sure to have Detachol solvent available for removal.
  6. Touch as little of the adhesive as possible on the infusion set to avoid getting skin oils on it.
  7. Insert your infusion set following the process and techniques your trainer showed you or review this support video.
  8. On days you know you will be very active, sweating or swimming, cover the site with additional adhesive tape.
  9. You can try using additional tape on the corners to prevent them from peeling up and lifting the entire infusion site out.
  10. Check regularly to make sure the tubing is not pulling on the site and adding stress on the adhesive.
  11. When all else fails, change the site!
Infusion Set - "Open Face" Sandwich Method

Important: The sandwich method should be used with infusion sets only. Do NOT use the sandwich method with sensors because the sensor electrode is sensitive and could become damaged if inserted through anything other than dry skin prepped with alcohol.

  1. Prep the skin and allow the prep to dry.
  2. Apply a clear adhesive dressing (for example: Infusion Set IV3000, Tegaderm, or Polyskin) directly to your skin.
  3. Insert the infusion set through the clear adhesive dressing (follow the instructions for inserting infusion sets). The adhesive on the infusion set will be sticking to the clear adhesive dressing instead of sticking directly to your skin.
Glucose Sensor - Basic Method
  1. Wash your hands with soap and water.
  2. Clean the sensor site with isopropyl alcohol or an alcohol wipe. Let it air dry.
  3. Insert your sensor following the process and techniques your trainer showed you or review this support video.
  4. Remove the sensor from the package by holding the base or tape. Do not hold the sensor by the introducer needle.
  5. OPTIONAL Once both your sensor and transmitter are in place, cover with a transparent dressing such as IV3000 to secure everything and ensure the sensor remains fully inserted under the skin.
Glucose Sensor - General Suggestions

Important: Inserting the glucose sensor through any barrier may damage the sensor. Therefore:

  • Do not use the "sandwich method" commonly used with infusion sets.
  • Do not use skin prep or barrier wipes where the glucose sensor goes into the skin.
  • Do not insert a sensor through tape.

Seasonal climates, skin lotions/creams, trapped moisture or different clothing may affect your sensor tape adhesion or the way your body reacts to it. Here are some alternate tips to try:

  • Cut a piece of IV3000 in half and place it crossways so it covers the sensor and the part of the transmitter closest to the sensor connection.
  • Try another type of tape from your local pharmacy or a simple Band-Aid® over the transmitter.
  • Be Aware: If too much tape is applied, it may weigh down the transmitter and cause it to fall off.

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