1. Preparation is everything:
Shower or wash before changing catheters or sensors. Then it dries very well. If the skin is still wet, the Band-Aid will not hold. It is best to wait a few minutes. Then spray the desired body part with disinfectant, wipe with a cellulose swab or cloth, spray again, and then let the agent dry. Now the skin is perfectly prepared for the poultice. – Another tip for people with a lot of body hair: Hair should be removed from the affected areas so that the sensor or catheter stays in place and does not pull uncomfortably.
2. Sensitive skin:
There are sprays at the pharmacy that put a very thin protective film between the skin and the patch adhesive. This has two advantages: First, the barrier protects the skin from the adhesive. People who are allergic to certain patches should pay special attention to this. Second, both the catheter and sensor pads hold up better!
3. Fat-free: that’s the motto!
Do without oily bath additives and body lotions or at least save the plaster area when whipping. The dressing does not adhere to oily skin. If you have a tendency to dry and irritated skin and need to use creams, use a disinfectant spray on the patch area to degrease the area where the patch will be applied.
4. Congratulations on the pavement!
After inserting the insulin pump catheter or changing a glucose sensor, it is recommended to clean the fresh dressing several times. This way you can be sure that the edges of the patch are pressed correctly and that the adhesive actually has full contact with the skin.
5. Sweat and water:
Especially in warmer temperatures, when you sweat more easily, or when playing sports, the connected catheter and sensor must be additionally protected to prevent them from falling out prematurely. The same applies to long baths or swimming. According to the manufacturer, there are so-called “over patches” for the sensor, which are patches that leave the sensor out, i.e. they have a hole in the middle, but keep the sensor patch in place. Other manufacturers offer fixing straps or carrying straps. The catheter can also be covered with a larger waterproof dressing before swimming, which can then be easily removed again.
6. Solve without problems:
To remove unsightly plaster residue painlessly, you can use a plaster remover from the drugstore. It is also possible to “soak” the transport area, for example with a full bath. Baby oil, for example, can be used for dark fuzz that sometimes sticks to the skin. The position will be held immediately. Please don’t: Scrub the plaster with a brush. Already irritated skin is additionally stressed or even damaged.