First step is to clean the site with alcohol, then use IV Prep to prepare the skin for the adhesive. The next step is to place the sensor inserter against the skin. You peel the adhesive off, before you do this, so it helps keep the inserter in place.
© 2007 Photos by Wendy L. Morgan
Next, you twist and then pull out the yellow safety.
Next you push the big grey button on top with your whole finger, evenly across the top and that releases the sensor into your arm to a depth of about 5 or 6 mm.
Now, you squeeze the blue buttons at the base of the inserter on both sides and gently lift the inserter away from the sensor.
Next you have to check for blood and use a gauze to dab it up. I rarely see this much blood and it does not hurt anymore than an infusion set, actually less.
Now you slide the transmitter into the sensor unit and the sensor base.
You have to really squeeze to get it locked into place. I have started using an overbandage (Tegaderm) every time I put it on, so I have no problems with the adhesive coming loose before the five days are up. Seems to be working fine.