Method and apparatus for providing analyte sensor and data processing device

  • US 9,398,882 B2
  • Filed: 09/10/2006
  • Issued: 07/26/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An apparatus comprising:

  • a base layer;

    a data processing unit disposed on an upper surface of the base layer;

    an analyte sensor coupled to the base layer and in electrical communication with the data processing unit, the analyte sensor including a plurality of electrical contacts provided on a planar portion of the sensor, the plurality of electrical contacts coupled to the data processing unit for the electrical communication; and

    a sensor introducer assembly disposed on the upper surface of the base layer, a needle of the sensor introducer assembly operatively coupled to an insertion portion of the analyte sensor to transcutaneously position the insertion portion of the analyte sensor under a skin layer and in contact with fluid at a sensor insertion site, the sensor introducer assembly including a spring biased mechanism configured to retract the portion of the sensor introducer assembly operatively coupled to the insertion portion of the analyte sensor upon transcutaneous positioning of the insertion portion of the analyte sensor,wherein the base layer including the data processing unit has an opening to pass therethrough the needle and the insertion portion of the analyte sensor during transcutaneous positioning of the insertion portion of the analyte sensor, and to retract therethrough and retain on the base layer the needle of the sensor introducer assembly by the spring biased mechanism upon the transcutaneous positioning of the insertion portion of the analyte sensor.

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