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Spring Cleaning: CGM Edition

By Naomi Kingery

Social Community Manager

Posted:  5/8/2012 6:09 PM

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In my last blog, I shared about how you can add cleaning your insulin pump to your spring cleaning to-do list. So I thought I’d take this a step further by looking into my diabetes drawers which led me to my continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices. My transmitter and sensor insertion device (also called the Sen-serter) could definitely benefit from some cleaning!  According to the Paradigm Revel User Guide,here’s how:

Cleaning the Sen-serter

1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
2. Dampen a clean cloth with mild liquid soap and warm water and wipe the Sen-serter insertion device.
3. Rinse with warm tap water.
4. Using an antibacterial hand sanitizer, wipe down the Sen-serter.
5. Place it on a clean dry cloth and allow to air dry.
6. Store it in the released position.

Cleaning the Transmitter

1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
2. Be careful when you are doing this and remember that the charger, transmitter or tester is not water-tight by themselves so do not dunk any of the sensor components in  water.
3. Attach the tester to the transmitter to make sure that water, disinfectant, and alcohol do not get inside the connector. (Not sure what the tester is? It’s the “test plug” used  to troubleshoot your transmitter with the 24-Hour HelpLine as well as giving you the ability to plug it up so foreign objects don’t enter it in cases like cleaning.)
4. Dampen a clean cloth with mild liquid soap and warm water. Wipe the outside of the transmitter.
5. Rinse the transmitter under warm tap water but do not get water inside the connector. If you get water inside the connector, shake the water out and allow it to air dry.
6. Using an antibacterial hand-sanitizer on a clean, dry cloth, wipe the transmitter’s surface. Make sure that you do not get any hand-sanitizer inside the connector.
7. Disconnect the tester from the transmitter.
8. Place the transmitter on a clean, dry cloth and air dry for 2-3 minutes.

Now that I have the steps, I am definitely going to do this as well. Good luck on your spring cleaning adventures, I hope this helped! For more tips and tricks on your sensor and transmitter, visit our website.
 

Comments

Mike Hoskins

Posted on Fri May 11 14:12:43 GMT 2012

Ok, while I use another sensor at the moment, I've not cleaned my sensors or equip... So this is so very handy!!! Thanks, Naomi! Good info to know.

Naomi Kingery

Posted on Mon May 14 15:14:27 GMT 2012

You are welcome Mike, glad it helped!

Monica Kammerzell

Posted on Wed Feb 05 17:06:17 GMT 2014

Ok, I've been wiping my sensor down with alcohol swab - the sticky residue from the cover plastic is a bear to get off! So I should put the test plug in the charger and wash with the soapy cloth as mentioned above - what about the sensor itself? How do I keep water out of the inside part that hooks up? Mine gets gunky all the way to the edges - am I doing something wrong? Have the new Enlite system. Thanks

Joel

Posted on Wed Feb 05 19:33:00 GMT 2014

Hi Monica. That’s a great question. Here are 7 steps to clean your MiniLink. This can also be found in the MiniLink user guide, http://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/sites/default/files/library/download-library/user-guides/minilink_user_guide.pdf .

1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
2. Attach the tester to the MiniLink to make sure that NEITHER water NOR disinfectant NOR alcohol gets inside the connector.
3. Dampen a clean cloth with mild liquid soap and warm water. Wipe the outside of the MiniLink.
4. Rinse the MiniLink under warm tap water but do NOT get water inside the connector. If you get water inside the connector, shake the water out and allow it to air dry.
5. Using an antibacterial hand-sanitizer (available at a local drugstore) on a clean, dry cloth, wipe the MiniLink’s surface. Do NOT get any hand-sanitizer inside the connector. Repeated exposure to the hand-sanitizer could damage the connectors and affect the MiniLink’s performance as a result. If you get hand-sanitizer inside the connector, allow it to air dry.
6. Disconnect the tester from the MiniLink
7. Place the MiniLink on a clean, dry cloth and air dry for 2-3 minutes.

If you still need help after following these steps, please email me at loopblog@medtronic.com, and I will connect you with someone from my team.

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