1. A finger prick test using a blood glucose meter is required during times of rapidly changing glucose levels when interstitial fluid glucose levels may not accurately reflect blood glucose levels or if hypoglycaemia or impending hypoglycaemia is reported by the system or when symptoms do not match the system readings.
STEP 1 — CHOOSE THE SITE
Apply sensors only on the back of your upper arm. Avoid areas with scars, moles, stretch marks or lumps.
Select an area of skin that generally stays flat during your normal daily activities (no bending or folding).
Choose a site that is at least 2.5 cm (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.
STEP 2 — PREPARING YOUR SKIN
Soap, lotion, shampoo or conditioner might leave oily residue on the skin, preventing the sensor from sticking properly.
To improve adhesion, clean the skin with soap and water and allow the skin to dry (do not blow on it). Then clean the skin with alcohol wipes and allow the skin to air dry.
Moisture gets in the way of adhesion. Keep the skin dry prior to application.
Hair gets in between the skin and sensor adhesive. Check where you are intending to apply the sensor and choose the least hairy site.
STEP 3 — PRIME THE SENSOR
Open the sensor Pack by peeling the lid off completely. Unscrew the cap from the sensor Applicator and set the cap aside. Do NOT use if the sensor Pack or the sensor Applicator seem to be damaged or already opened. Do NOT use if past expiry date.
Line up the dark mark on the sensor Applicator with the dark mark on the sensor Pack. On a hard surface, press firmly down on the sensor Applicator until it comes to a stop.
Lift the sensor Applicator out of the sensor Pack. The sensor Applicator is prepared and ready to apply the sensor.
The sensor Applicator contains a needle. Do NOT touch inside the sensor Applicator or put it back into the sensor Pack.
STEP 4 — APPLYING YOUR SENSOR
Place the sensor Applicator over the prepared site and push down firmly to apply the sensor to your body. Do NOT push down on the sensor Applicator until placed over prepared site to prevent unintended results or injury.
Gently pull the sensor Applicator away from your body. The sensor should now be attached to your skin.
Make sure sensor is secure. Discard used Sensor Applicator and Sensor Pack after application.
SENSOR ADHESION TIPS
Helping the sensor stick
Check the sensor adhesion daily and if it is lifting, apply a medical grade adhesive, bandage or tape over the sensor. Make sure the opening / hole in the centre of the sensor is not covered.
Removing the sensor
residue on skin.
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IT’S EASY TO KEEP YOUR SENSOR IN PLACE WITH A LITTLE EXTRA CARE
BUMPING INTO OBJECTS
Use extra care while moving through your day. Avoid bumping or catching your sensor on doorframes, car doors, furniture, people, pets, or other hard objects.
TOUCHING THE SENSOR ADHESIVE
Avoid touching, pushing, or pulling on the sensor. Also, you (and those around you) should not touch, scratch, or pull on the adhesive around the sensor, even if the adhesive has begun to peel.
Use extra care to avoid hitting or catching the sensor on clothing while getting dressed. Take care when wearing tight clothing on your arms, as doing so may pull off the sensor.
The sensor is water resistant, but use extra care when cleaning around the sensor and when toweling off so that you do not catch or pull off the sensor. The sensor is water-resistant in up to 1 metre (3 feet) of water for a maximum of 30 minutes.
A STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO GUIDE TO LEARN HOW TO APPLY FREESTYLE LIBRE SENSOR
The only the position under the arm has been clinically evaluated and approved for use of the FreeStyle Libre sensor. It is applied on to the back of the upper arm with a simple, disposable device called an applicator. When the sensor is applied, a thin, flexible and sterile fibre is inserted just under the skin. It is held in place with a small adhesive pad.
This product should be disposed of in accordance with all applicable local regulations related to the disposal of electronic equipment, batteries, sharps, and materials potentially exposed to body fluids.
This means the used applicator and sensor pack should be disposed of in a Biohazard Sharps bin - Clinical waste referral is required from the district nurse or GP, but the majority of people with diabetes will already have the necessary arrangements in place.
FreeStyle Libre sensors are programmed for sale in a specific market and are compatible with readers sold, compatible apps and software downloaded in that market:
- FreeStyle Libre sensors in one market are not necessarily compatible with FreeStyle Libre readers or apps from other markets.
- FreeStyle Libre users should plan on purchasing sufficient sensors from the same country they purchased their reader or downloaded their app from, to last the duration of their travel.
- If planning a longer-term trip overseas, it is advisable to obtain a new reader or download a compatible app and software from that country, to be able to purchase and use the sensors available in that country.