Methods and systems for inserting a transcutaneous analyte sensor

  • US 7,310,544 B2
  • Filed: 03/10/2005
  • Issued: 12/18/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/13/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for inserting a transcutaneous analyte sensor into a host, the system comprising:

  • a transcutaneous analyte sensor for measuring an analyte concentration in the host;

    a housing configured for placement adjacent to a skin of the host and configured for receiving at least a portion of the sensor;

    a needle configured to insert the sensor through the housing and into the host; and

    an applicator configured to releasably mate with the housing, the applicator comprising a plunger configured to push the needle and the sensor through the housing into the host, wherein the housing is configured to slidably receive the sensor and the needle during sensor insertion and a push rod configured to maintain the sensor in an inserted position during needle retraction.

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