Summer is coming, and with the sunshine and hot days come sweat, sand, and other seasonal woes that compromise the stickiness of your diabetes devices. It can be a challenge to keep insulin pump sites, CGM sensors, and other diabetes gadgets stuck safely and firmly in the hot, hot heat. But it can be BEYOND frustrating when the edges of your device tape start to curl and unfurl … especially if it’s only been a day or two.
Nobody has time for that.
We have a few tapes, sticky overlays, and other adhesives for diabetes devices that can help your stuff stay stuck. Check out the list below for tapes that are sometimes fun, always sticky, and occasionally covered by insurance.
Tegaderm– From 3m, this transparent film “allows for continuous monitoring of the insertion site.” Handy when you’re using the tape to cover a continuous glucose monitoring device, or a pump site. The tape is waterproof and sometimes covered by insurance companies, so check and see if your insurer is on board.
Opsite Flexifix– This tape is made by Smith & Nephew and can be ordered through their website (sometimes covered by insurance companies – be sure to ask if yours covers tapes), but many people purchase their roll of Opsite Flexifix from Amazon. Opsite has been around for several years and can be cut to fit a multitude of device needs.
IV 3000– Another staple (not literally) in the diabetes community, IV 3000 is a tape option from Smith & Nephew billed as a “moisture responsive catheter dressing” that many PWD use to keep their devices secure all year ‘round. Like Opsite and Tegaderm, it can be cut to fit whatever is flopping. (Note: I’ve always loved the name of this one because it reminds me of Andre 3000 from Outkast, which makes me want to tell Miss Jackson I’m sorry.)
RockADex– Based in Australia, this tape keeps devices stuck, it does. And with a pile of shapes, colors, and options to choose from, your Dexcom, Freestyle Libre, or Omnipod will be ready to brave any wave without coming loose. (Their selection isn’t limited to sticky tapes – they have a bunch of decals and other decorations to help customize your diabetes!)
StayPut Medical– Whether you’re looking to secure a CGM or an Omnipod, the Stayput Medical overlap tape will keep your device stuck to you for the FDA approved timeframe … or (shhhhh) beyond. Available in a variety of colors, this egg-shaped overlay tape will keep your site stuck. Unsure if you’ll like it? The StayPut team will send you a sample so you can try it before you buy it, so send them an email.
Rock Tape– You may have seen Rock Tape sold at your local pharmacy, but “thanks” to a gestational diabetes diagnosis, the team at Rock Tape has created a diabetes-centric option for people looking for a solid stick for their devices. You can order CGM covers online, including this snazzy argyle option.
Grif Grips– GrifGrips started when “a NASA engineer watched his son struggle to keep his Pod on when being an 8 year old kid.” And with shapes like dinosaurs, monsters, flowers, cats, and robots (check out the available themes) as well as the launch of the Power-X grips, there are many ways to customize your gear. Grifs are sold in packs and they ship globally.
As always, your devices have the best chance of staying stuck when they are applied to clean, dry skin (and prepping the skin with an alcohol swab or some SkinTac can help, too). Be sure to do a skin test for any new adhesive that you’re trying out, and if there are tape options we missed on our list, stick a link in the comments!