Integrated introducer and transmitter assembly and methods of use

  • US 9,775,563 B2
  • Filed: 09/21/2016
  • Issued: 10/03/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of using a sensor introducer assembly, the sensor introducer assembly comprising an insertion unit operatively coupled to an analyte sensor, wherein the insertion unit includes a compressible introducer mechanism coupled to a sensor introducer, the method comprising:

  • placing a base portion of the sensor introducer assembly on a skin surface of a patient;

    applying a manual force on a surface of the compressible introducer mechanism to cause the compressible introducer mechanism to move from a non-compressed state to a compressed state;

    inserting, by the compressible introducer mechanism, at least a portion of the analyte sensor and the sensor introducer through a skin layer to an insertion position under the skin layer; and

    automatically withdrawing the at least the portion of the sensor introducer from under the skin layer while retaining the at least the portion of the analyte sensor at the insertion position,wherein the insertion unit and compressible introducer mechanism are contained within a housing when the compressible introducer mechanism is in the non-compressed state and the compressed state, and wherein the sensor introducer includes a sharp portion configured to releasably couple with the at least the portion of the analyte sensor.

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