Applying your sensor can be intimidating, but there are ways to optimize your experience and ensure the sensor stays put! First, be sure to watch this video and read our top placement tips to help guide you through the sensor application process.

Here are our top tips for ensuring appropriate placement of the sensor:

  1. Choose the portion of the back of your arm with the most fat. This section should be in-tact skin without irritation. The Abbott Freestyle Libre has not been approved for any other location on the body.

  2. Once the applicator is ready to insert the sensor (you can see the needle) place the applicator on the back of your arm immediately. Do not set the applicator down. The device is designed to be easily inserted and needs to be placed immediately. Once deployed the applicator cannot be reset.

  3. Previous insertion sites should be given a minimum of one week to heal before another sensor is placed in that location. For this reason, it’s important to switch arms in between sensors.

  4. Be mindful of your sleeping positions. If you’re a side sleeper, choose a spot that will not be an issue when sleeping.

  5. Only apply the sensor to clean skin. Always clean the area with the alcohol wipe before applying. If you have oily skin, consider a gentle exfoliation beforehand.

  6. ​If you more hair on the area you wish to apply, consider shaving a section to avoid pain when removing the sensor.

  7. Do not place immediately after a shower/bath or in a steamy bathroom. Minimize humidity with a hairdryer or application in a dry environment whenever possible. This will help the sensor and the bandage better adhere to the skin.

  8. For active lifestyles, please wear the protective patches provided and consider a skin protection barrier (such as Skin Tac wipes or Skin-Prep wipes before applying the sensor.)

  9. The use of the included adhesive bandage is strongly encouraged to protect the sensor during use. If possible, do not remove the bandage during sensor wear, as this can increase the risk of accidental sensor removal. If you need to remove the bandage at any time, cut the bandage off carefully and replace it with another bandage.

  10. If you have a reaction to the adhesive bandages provided or have any other concerns about your sensor wear, please message your dietitian or the NutriSense support team. We’re happy to help find what works best for you!

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