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Sensor Q&A

Q: My IPRO came out. What do I do?

A: Separate the IPRO from the sensor and put it on the charger. Return the IPRO, charger, log sheets, and meter to The Jones Center either in person or in a manila envelope (which should have been supplied to you)….

Q: I wear a MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time System (RTS) and sometimes I get a weak signal or a lost sensor message. What does this mean?

A: In order to receive signals, your transmitter and insulin pump must be within 6 feet of each other. If they are outside of this range, you may lose your signal. Sometimes if you are too close to certain devices, such as cell phones, cordless phones, wireless networks, televisions and radios – they can interfere with your transmitter signal. If your signal is completely lost for about 45 minutes you will receive the LOST SENSOR message….

Q: Does the MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time System (RTS) replace fingerstick measurements?

A: No. You still need to use your blood glucose meter to confirm a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) reading before treating and to calibrate the CGM system. The FDA has approved REAL-Time CGM with conservative labelling, so fingerstick measurements are still required before therapy adjustments are made….

Q: Why do I have to calibrate my RTS?

A: Calibration is like buying a watch and setting the time for the first time. Glucose sensors are similar in nature. To initialize a glucose sensor, you need to enter a meter reading to give the system a starting point. And, just as a watch needs to be adjusted occasionally, so does a glucose sensor. You need to enter at least two meter readings a day – once every 12 hours. This aligns the glucose sensor with the meter so that continuous glucose monitoring readings are representative of your blood glucose level….

Q: How often do I have to calibrate my RTS system?

A: The MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time System must be calibrated a minimum of twice a day (once every 12 hours). This is done by entering a fingerstick value into the insulin pump. However for best results, the system should be calibrated 3 to 4 times per day, with the calibrations spread throughout the day at periods when glucose is not changing rapidly….

Q: Where are the preferred body locations for wearing a glucose sensor (RTS)?

A: Placement of the glucose sensor may be affected by clothing, comfort, individual preference, or experience. In the case of people using insulin, users may want to avoid recent infusion sites. Clinical trials for sensor accuracy have only involved sensors inserted in the abdominal stomach area, and sensor accuracy may differ from that described in product labelling in the sensor is inserted in alternate locations on the body….