Transcutaneous analyte sensor

  • US 8,229,534 B2
  • Filed: 10/26/2007
  • Issued: 07/24/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/13/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A transcutaneous system for measuring an analyte concentration in a host, the system comprising:

  • an analyte sensor adapted for transcutaneous placement through a skin of a host, the sensor comprising a first end and a second end;

    a housing configured to support the sensor during a period of transcutaneous insertion; and

    an applicator comprising a needle configured for inserting the sensor into the skin of the host, wherein the system is configured such that that the needle is capable of inserting the first end of sensor into the host and sliding back over the second end of the sensor, and wherein the system is further configured to release the needle from the housing during the period of transcutaneous insertion without a need for a hole or a slot in the wall of the needle.

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