A Basic CGM Training Needs Checklist 

Training patients to use their CGMs has many facets. Use this simple checklist to be sure all bases are covered.

Written by: ADCES staff and subject matter expert faculty

February 2024


Training New CGM device users?

This checklist walks you through the basics.

Basic Training Needs Checklist

  1. Sensor site selection, rotation and sensor insertion: See the manufacturer's website for the most recent approved site selection locations. Note, be sure you select the US site as some countries have differing approved locations for device placement.
  2. Attachment of the transmitter to the sensor, if applicable
  3. Taping/securing of the sensor/transmitter, if applicable
  4. Connection of the transmitter to the receiver, if applicable
  5. Difference between interstitial glucose readings and blood glucose readings
  6. Understanding CGM data and trends
  7. Possible interference of products such as acetaminophen, salicylic acid, hydroxyurea, and high dose vitamin C
  8. Calibration including timing, frequency and importance of accurate meter/fingerstick technique, if applicable
  9. Education to prevent overcorrection of high glucose
  10. Removal and disposal of the device
  11. Basic troubleshooting tips
  12. How to calibrate, if applicable
  13. Using a traditional blood glucose monitor to double-check readings, if applicable


Treatment of Hypoglycemia Advanced Training Needs Checklist

  1. Setting and managing alerts/alarms
  2. How to use trend arrows to adjust treatment decisions
  3. Problem solving for site adhesiveness and skin reactions
  4. Support with coping and problem solving
  5. Sharing of data with caregivers and health care providers

For comprehensive information on CGMs, check out our FREE certificate program, Putting Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) into Practice (2nd Edition).

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