This is a fairly simple review of the product offered FOR FREE by Dexcom called “Overpatch.”
We have used the overpatch over Liam’s CGM for the past two change outs and here are my thoughts.
The overall “real estate” is the smallest that I’ve found so far of all the tapes. This is a GREAT positive point because the less tape on Liam’s arms, the less chance for skin irritation in addition to the less tape requiring removal (which he hates).
The “hole” is a perfect fit for the CGM.
The top layer of paper over the tape is very thick so that you are able to place it really well before peeling that layer off.
After twice wearing the Overpatch WITH NO SKIN-TAC or other substance under it, at the end of the 2 week period, there was ZERO tape lift up. Absolutely no side of the tape had peeled up…I mean it was really nicely sealed to the skin in both changeouts for the full two week period.
We really love the Dextape, but we may switch to Overpatch because it’s a) FREE and b) works really well (no peeling tape) and c) takes up a lot less skin real estate.
If you can imagine…the tape extends about 1/4 inch on all sides of the normal oval sensor tape. Possibly 1/2 inch…I can get exact measurements/pictures if anyone is interested in seeing it on the arm.
Overall review: VERY positive. Definitely recommend this product.
How do you get it? Just ask your Dexcom customer service representative to send you some! It’s that easy…you don’t even need to be ordering anything!