Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System

Posted on May 13, 2020 at 06AM

What is the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System?

The Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System is a helpful tool for individuals dealing with diabetes treatment and management. This monitoring system allows users to view their glucose levels with no hassle, as the Dexcom G6 utilizes no fingersticks or calibrations in order to function. It is compatible with most smart devices and receivers, making it especially convenient for user access. Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System makes it easier than ever to keep track of an individual’s glucose readings, as the system integrates trend lines which illustrate the rate at which one’s glucose levels are heading. This allows for users to be able to take action before their glucose levels reach an unhealthy level. Along with that, Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System includes user personalization when it comes to alerts and alarms, ensuring that users are on track of their glucose levels and readings. Users can set their optimal range for high and low glucose levels in their system, and receive notifications if they are nearing these ranges. Users are also to share their data with up to 10 people on the system, allowing for close friends and family to check in with their status. For users that use Apple, the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System is Siri compatible, meaning that they can utilize the AI system to read aloud their glucose status as well as view these numbers at the convenience of their lock screens. Users can also use the corresponding Dexcom G6 Continuous  Monitoring System receiver.

What does the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System contain?

The Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System utilizes three simple parts: the auto-applicator, sensor and transmitter, and the display device. Simply use the auto-applicator to insert a small sensor just beneath the skin’s surface. Once the sensor is inserted, the transmitter is snapped into place on the user’s body. Using the display device, a user can  view their glucose levels and trends based on the data from the sensor and the transmitter. The Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System sends data from the sensor to the display device every 5 minutes, giving users the ability to monitor their glucose levels at a more optimal time frame. It utilizes glucose data via Bluetooth, allowing for wireless and convenient transferring of data. The Dexcom G6 sensor measures glucose levels in the body for a maximum of 10 days while the CGM sensor works to continuously measure glucose levels in a user’s interstitial body fluid.

How do I use the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System?

To get started, simply set up the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System application
on your mobile device. When the application is downloaded, follow the directions on the screen for the next steps. To pair your sensor with the application, simply enter your sensor code (located on the sensor applicator) and serial number (located on the transmitter box or back of the transmitter). If done correctly, the screen shows a blue sensor warmup timer. During this time period, it is important to note that the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System is not doing any glucose readings or providing the user with notifications or alerts. Along with that, make sure to keep the transmitter and your mobile device within 20 feet in proximity with one another in order to ensure pairing. After 2 hours, you should get a notification indicating that the warmup timer has ended. It is at this time that the user is able to view their Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System readings as well as receive notifications and alerts.

If a user decides to utilize the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System and its corresponding receiver, follow these steps instead. First, take the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System receiver out the box and turn it on by pressing on the power button for 2-3 seconds. To pair your sensor with the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System receiver, simply enter your sensor code (located on the sensor applicator that you plan to insert) and serial number (located on the transmitter box or back of the transmitter). After entering this information, allow the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System receiver to search for the corresponding transmitter. During this time period, it is important to note that the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System is not doing any glucose readings or providing the user with notifications or alerts. Next, use the applicator that is given with the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System in order to safely insert the built in sensor. Take out the applicator from the box and make sure you know at which sensor site you are planning to place the sensor. It is more efficient if the sensor site is near the belly or the upper buttocks in order to ensure proper readings. With washed and dry hands, use an alcohol wipe to wipe the site at which the sensor will be placed. Peel off the adhesive from the built in sensor and make sure not to touch the adhesive. Then, place the applicator on the sensor site and break off the safety guard. In order to insert the sensor, press the button. Remove the applicator from the sensor site and make sure it is in place on the skin’s surface. The only items remaining on the skin should be the patch, which contains the sensor. Lastly, throw the applicator away in the appropriate place. After the sensor is placed in it’s site, the next step consists of attaching the transmitter. First, take the transmitter of its box. With a disinfecting wipe, clean the transmitter thoroughly. Then insert the transmitter into the sensor holder tab first. To make sure that the transmitter is put into place properly, make sure that it clicks into place and is not lifting up from the holder. Rub around the patch 3 times. After the transmitter is snapped into place, the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System sensor is ready to pair to its receiver. This will take about 30 minutes, so it is important to keep the transmitter and receiver within 20 feet in proximity with one another in order to ensure pairing. Once this is done, tap the screen and press “Start Sensor”. After 2 hours, you should get a notification indicating that the warmup timer has ended. It is at this time that the user is able to view their Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System readings as well as receive notifications and alerts.

What are the benefits of using the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System?

One of the main benefits of the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System is that the device requires no fingersticks as it does not require any calibration with a blood glucose meter in order to function properly. Along with that, the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System’s sensor lasts for a long period of time, lasting up to 10 days before needing to be replaced. The Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System’s sensor also blocks any interference from acetaminophen. Sensor insertion is made simple and easy with the use of the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System auto-applicator. Users are able to view their glucose levels at their convenience as the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System allows for mobile devices and its corresponding receiver to be compatible with the system. Users are also given the ability to set alarms and notifications for if their glucose levels are beginning to get too high or too low, allowing for easy identification of issues.

What are the cons of using the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System?

Frequent users of the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System have noted cons of using the device. Users have claimed that the Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System loses signal frequently due to it’s bluetooth operated calibration. It is also mandatory to wear the sensor for 10 days. The sensor adhesive is known to not be as strong, making it easy to slip off the sensor site.