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Insulin Injection Sites: Where And How To Inject

Insulin Injection Sites: Where And How To Inject

Insulin is a hormone that helps cells use glucose (sugar) for energy. It works as a “key,” allowing the sugar to go from the blood and into the cell. In type 1 diabetes, the body doesn’t make insulin. In type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t use insulin correctly, which can lead to the pancreas not being able to produce enough — or any, depending on the progression of the disease —insulin to meet your body’s needs. Diabetes is normally managed with diet and exercise, with medications, including insulin, added as needed. If you have type 1 diabetes, insulin is required for life. This may seem difficult at first, but you can learn to successfully administer insulin with the support of your healthcare team, determination, and a little practice. There are different ways to take insulin, including syringes, insulin pens, insulin pumps, and jet injectors. Your doctor will help you decide which technique is best for you. Syringes remain a common method of insulin delivery. They’re the least expensive option, and most insurance companies cover them. Syringes Syringes vary by the amount of insulin they hold and the size of the needle. They’re made of plastic and should be discarded after one use. Traditionally, needles used in insulin therapy were 12.7 millimeters (mm) in length. Recent research shows that smaller 8 mm, 6 mm, and 4 mm needles are just as effective, regardless of body mass. This means insulin injection is less painful than it was in the past. Insulin is injected subcutaneously, which means into the fat layer under the skin. In this type of injection, a short needle is used to inject insulin into the fatty layer between the skin and the muscle. Insulin should be injected into the fatty tissue just below your skin. If you inject the insulin deeper int Continue reading >>

And Other Infusion Site Information

And Other Infusion Site Information

Successful pump use depends on proper care and protection of the infusion site. The information in this brochure comes from longtime pump users and experienced health care professionals. It should help you successfully prevent or solve the most common problems: skin irritation at the infusion site and poor "sticking" of tape. Information about site infections and insertion problems have been included as well. Even though these problems are far less common than irritation and tape problems, they can be serious for those who do have them. The Basics: Site Selection And Rotation Proper infusion site selection and rotation promotes predictable insulin absorption and protects infusion sites from undesirable tissue changes such as hardening and bumps. The preferred body area for placement of the infusion set for pump users is the abdomen. Insulin absorption from this area is the fastest and most predictable, as compared to other body areas. However, using ALL available sites in some predictable pattern of rotation is probably wise. Some longtime pump users who have used only their abdomen for all their years on the pump are now reporting significant tissue changes and difficulty finding sites on the abdomen that still absorb well. The upper outer thighs and hips are both areas that also work reasonably well for pump users. The more sites you use, the less often any one site is injected. This is your best assurance of keeping tissue healthy over the years. Whichever body area you are using - abdomen, thigh, hip or even arm, the exact site within the area should be changed each time the infusion set is changed. The new site should be at least one inch away from the previous site. It is best to use the available sites in a predictable pattern: for example, starting at the upper Continue reading >>

Choosing An Insulin Pump Infusion Set

Choosing An Insulin Pump Infusion Set

Choosing an infusion set can be just as demanding and time consuming as selecting your insulin pump. The right set can mean the difference between 72 hours of carefree pumping and hours of frustrating high blood glucose levels and numerous “needle sticks.” Many people never select their sets at all. Instead, not knowing they have a choice, they accept whichever set is included in the package when their pump is first shipped to them. Although all the sets perform the same function—delivering insulin into the fatty tissue below the skin—crucial differences can make one set preferable over another for different patients. Before you automatically accept the set in the box, consider the following: Type of needle There are two basic options: steel needle or plastic cannula. Although steel may not sound as comfortable as plastic, these needles do have certain advantages over Teflon caterers. They are small, easy to insert and do not require an insertion device. They also don’t bend or kink, which makes them an option for people who have a history of repeated kinked or bent catheters. Their ability to hold firm despite being jostled makes them a good choice for muscular, active people. Plastic catheters give you the option of 90 degree or angled insertion may produce less tissue trauma to the surrounding tissue when they enter the skin, are the catheters of choice for people with nickel allergies, and are widely available. Since many plastic catheter options come with an inserter, they work well for patents who are not comfortable viewing the needle Angle of Insertion Steel needles can only be inserted from a 90 degree angle but plastic catheters can be placed at either 90 degrees or 30-45 degrees. Using a plastic catheter angled infusion set usually ensures a firmer Continue reading >>

Everything You Need To Know About Insulin Pumps

Everything You Need To Know About Insulin Pumps

Everyone needs insulin to live. Insulin is a hormone that helps our bodies use and store the food we eat. People with Type 1 Diabetes no longer make insulin and have to give insulin in order to sustain life. People with Type 2 Diabetes don’t use their own insulin well, and over time can have trouble making enough. So, all people with Type 1 diabetes and some people with Type 2 diabetes need insulin. When people give insulin injections, they may take 1-2 injections of a long acting insulin every day and 3+ injections of rapid acting insulin for meals and snacks. The typical person with Type 1 Diabetes could take anywhere from 4-7+ injections a day. Many people currently give insulin through an insulin pen or a syringe. But, there is another option, an insulin pump. An insulin pump delivers rapid acting insulin in two ways. First, the pump is programmed to give you insulin every hour throughout the hour referred to basal insulin. Basal, think “base,” is the insulin your body needs even in the absence of food, it is also referred to as background insulin. This basal rate replaces the long acting injection that you take. Second, is bolus, this is the insulin you take for food or to correct a high blood sugar. If you get basal and bolus confused, think “bowl”, as in you eat out of a bowl, to help you remember bolus is for food. Once you are on a pump, all insulin is delivered through the pump and shots are no longer necessary. Components There are a few things necessary to make a pump work. When a pump is shipped to someone: they will also need to send infusion sets, reservoirs, and possibly batteries, depending on your pump. Let’s talk about each component. Infusion Sets An infusion set is the part that is actually inserted into the body and has tubing that conn Continue reading >>

10 Tips For A Fear Of Needles With Diabetes (+1 Bonus!)

10 Tips For A Fear Of Needles With Diabetes (+1 Bonus!)

back to Overview Tips & Tricks Type 1 It is what it is, right? When living with type 1 diabetes there's no getting around the jab of a needle. Whether it's from an insulin pen, a syringe or a pump infusion set, you have to do it. Ilka asked our team for tips on dealing with a fear of shots and needles, and here's what she found... For some, needles are no big deal. For others, each injection is a challenge to overcome – even after many years. The reasons are usually different, and no matter how necessary it is (we all know it, logically) who can criticize? Is there anything normal about stabbing yourself with a sharp metal object? I think not! We have a lot of diabetes experience here at mySugr, collectively more than 150 years under our belts. And who better to ask for tips and tricks for overcoming a fear of needles/needle phobia than a bunch of people living well with diabetes? 1. Injectors Clara: I didn’t do my own injections right away. The day where everything changed was when I watched another girl my age in the hospital do her own injection. I thought, “if she can do it, so can I!” But some time later I developed an “injection-crisis” again and used an injection device, which hides the needle completely, to help me get through it. 2. Build Confidence Marlis: I’ve been helping children with diabetes for a long time, and fear of needles is very common. It can really help if mom or dad offers to let the child inject them, or even put in a pump infusion set. When those little ones see that you trust them to poke you and that it doesn’t hurt when they put the needle in it builds a lot of confidence and trust. Another step is to watch mom or dad do an injection and see that it’s fine. I have often let the kids inject me and they were so incredibly pr Continue reading >>

Insulin Pump : How To Connect It To Your Body

Insulin Pump : How To Connect It To Your Body

When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, all my doctors suggested that I get an insulin pump. At the time, the whole thing was new to me and just the thought of shots scared me! The thought of attaching something to me scared me much more. Especially since I had no idea how it was attached. I am not a fan of pain at all. So I told the doctors I was not interested in the pump then. I took insulin shots for about 3 years before deciding to research the insulin pump more. I was tired of the up and down blood sugar patterns I was having, and I’d heard that the pump provided a much more even range. I looked insulin pumps up online and found lots of information about how wonderful they are. I tried to find pictures of how you attached them to you, and I couldn’t find anything! I wanted to see pictures of how the process worked before I committed to it. How big was the needle? How did you get it in you? Did they just leave a needle in for the 2 – 3 days it was in before you changed it? Since I couldn’t find any photos, I took it upon myself to take pictures of myself going through the process. Maybe it will help some other scared type 1’s thinking about getting the pump and wanting to see some photos! I hope so! The first step is to gather the supplies you need. I use the minimed paradigm 722 insulin pump and they have the option of a quick-serter. It is a spring loaded gadget that you put the needle part of the infusion set into, and then just press it against your skin and push the tabs on the side and it quickly plunges the needle in. It rarely hurts. Most of the time I can’t even feel it. I know they have other options for putting the infusion set in, but this is the one I chose. Here is a photo of the quick-serter, humalog, new reservoir, new infusion set, a Continue reading >>

Choosing And Using An Insulin Pump Infusion Set

Choosing And Using An Insulin Pump Infusion Set

When a person uses an insulin pump to control his diabetes, one of the decisions he has to make is what model of infusion set to use. Pumps are often an excellent choice for people who use insulin and seek tight control of their diabetes but need some flexibility in their diabetes regimen. Most insulin pumps require the use of an infusion set to deliver insulin from the pump to the user. An infusion set consists of a length of thin plastic tubing, a very thin stainless steel or Teflon cannula that is inserted just under the skin, and a plastic connector that joins tubing and cannula together. The connector is generally mounted on an adhesive patch that is stuck to the skin at the insertion site to help keep the cannula in place. The connector allows a person to disconnect from his pump temporarily (for swimming, intimate situations, etc.) without removing the infusion set. Insulin infusion sets come in a variety of styles to suit individuals’ unique needs and preferences. In addition to having either a Teflon or steel cannula, infusion sets may be designed to have the cannula inserted straight into the subcutaneous tissue or at an angle. Some cannulas can only be inserted manually, while others can be inserted either manually or with an insertion device. All infusion sets offer a variety of tubing lengths. Teflon versus steel cannula A “soft” cannula is a thin, flexible needle made of the synthetic substance Teflon that is inserted into the subcutaneous tissue via a steel introducer needle. The introducer needle is then removed and only the soft cannula is left in place. Soft cannula sets are popular because they are comfortable to wear and they can remain inserted for up to 72 hours. One disadvantage of the soft cannula, however, is that its flexibility can poten Continue reading >>

Starting On An Insulin Pump

Starting On An Insulin Pump

Tweet Starting insulin pump therapy can feel like stepping into a new world but many have found going onto an insulin pump well worth the initial effort. This is a guide to starting insulin pump therapy, the equipment you'll require, looking after your pump and adjustments to your routine. Starting insulin therapy When you first go on a pump you should have an induction day at your local clinic. For this you are likely to be in with a group of others also going on an insulin pump for the first time and you are also likely to be going on the same pump, as healthcare clinics tend to have contracts with one supplier. This is an advantage as it means you’re all in the same boat. In the presence of a nurse or other healthcare professional you’ll take the pumps out of their boxes and start to get familiar with all the equipment involved as well as how the pump works. Pump equipment The amount and variety of kit is different for each pump modal, but they all run along the same lines. Initially, this is the part that is the most baffling. Medical kit can often seem intimidating, not least because if often involves needles. Becoming familiar with your pump You will quickly become familiar with it when you start using it and you will have plenty of literature to refer to should you need a reminder of how to use a certain piece of the kit. You should also be given the number of someone to ring at the clinic as well as a number of the supplier, so if you really do run into trouble you can get advice 24-hours a day, and 7 days a week. Don't forget your needles If you’re going on a pump you may think you are leaving needles behind - which to a great extent you are. However, in order to get an infusion set put under your skin, you will need to use an inserter which will have a n Continue reading >>

Where Do I Attach The Needle For My Insulin Pump?

Where Do I Attach The Needle For My Insulin Pump?

Most people choose the abdomen for insulin delivery. This area is convenient to use and gives a reliable, uniform absorption of insulin. How you insert the insulin needle will be different for different brands of infusion sets. With some infusion sets, you use a needle to insert a catheter and then remove the needle, leaving the soft catheter under your skin. With other sets, you insert a short needle. Pumps are easy to remove temporarily because, after clamping the tubing, you can leave the infusion set (the needle and tubing or the soft Teflon catheter) in place. You reattach only the pump. Some infusion sets even have a quick-release feature. Continue Learning about Insulin Pumps Videos Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs. Continue reading >>

Insulin Infusion Set: The Achilles Heel Of Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion

Insulin Infusion Set: The Achilles Heel Of Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion

Go to: Introduction Insulin therapy by means of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) is a well-established therapeutic option.1–6 Since the 1980s, insulin pumps have developed into highly sophisticated infusion devices that provide infusion of different types of insulin boli.7 The most recent versions of these pumps have also integrated information management and advice functions. The traditional insulin pump is connected to the patient via thin, soft, and flexible plastic tubing. One end of this tubing is attached to a needle that goes through the skin into the subcutaneous (SC) adipose tissue. The needle is either a steel needle or a soft Teflon catheter, which is inserted at various angles through the skin. The other end of the tubing is connected to the pump’s insulin cartridge via a Luer-lock or proprietary connector. Once the set is attached to the skin, insulin is pumped through the infusion set into the SC area to induce a metabolic effect according to the wearer’s current needs. Lower infusion rates cover the basal insulin requirements, while higher rates (boli) are given to cover prandial insulin requirements and hyperglycemia. Insulin infusion sets (IISs) are available in a variety of different lengths, diameters, connectors, materials, and designs to meet the individual patient requirements. Another type of insulin pump that has been introduced into the marketplace is the so-called patch pump. The main difference between patch pumps and traditional insulin pumps is that these new pumps—with one exception—have no visible IIS. Typically, these patch pumps have a very short IIS, but it is completely inside the pump housing or within the base part of the modular designed pump.8 The adhesive that fastens the IIS to the skin is located on the Continue reading >>

Infusion Sets.

Infusion Sets.

The right infusion set can make all the difference. There are many types of infusion sets, so you can choose the one that best fits your body. The Animas® Vibe® Insulin Pump can use virtually any insulin infusion set with a Luer-lock connection. Not every pump gives you this flexibility. inset™ II infusion set. 90 degree infusion set (90 degree angle of insertion) An all-in-one infusion set + insertion device combines the inserter and infusion set in a single, portable unit, so they are a snap to change anytime, anywhere. It has a friendly packaging to carry in a pocket or purse with a convenient, built-in-needle cover for after use. The introducer needle is removed so only the flexible cannula stays in place. The single- handed insertion placement and insertion for both inset™ II and inset™ 30 can be done one-handed. When removing the introducer needle, inset™ 30 requires holding the set in place with the other hand. allows for flexibility in site rotation, and the reversible grippers make it easy to disconnect and reconnect. You’ll feel safe knowing you are securely reconnected when you hear the audible “click”. Includes a disconnect feature at site and clear window to view site. inset™ II is compatible with all insulin pumps featuring a standard Luer-lock connection. Fill volume is 0.3 units for 6mm cannula and 0.5 units for 9mm cannula. Needlephobic patients, those with dexterity problems, patients with low vision or those inserting sets in areas that are harder to reach may prefer infusion sets with a mechanical insertion. inset™ 30 infusion set. Angled infusion set (30 degree angle of insertion) The world’s first angled all-in-one infusion set + insertion device in one single sterile unit. The introducer needle is removed so only the flexible Continue reading >>

Infusion Sets:

Infusion Sets:

1. MiniMed® Quick-set® Comfort and ease The Quick-set® infusion set is a popular MiniMed® infusion set combining ease of use with maximum comfort. It's virtually painless insertion with the Quick-serter® device, even in hard-to-reach areas, making it a great choice for children and adults of average to large build. The Quick-serter® insertion device is spring-activated to make Quick-set® insertions virtually painless with the press of a button. Features: 90° soft cannula, consistent insertion depth for optimal insulin absorption Comfortable, virtually painless insertions with the Quick-Serter® Convenient disconnection at the infusion site Additional Benefits All MiniMed® infusion sets, tubing and reservoirs are designed with an innovative MiniMed® connection for a more secure insulin delivery. Audible 'click' for a secured connection Silicon membrane for a watertight reservoir 4 vents in the connector for less risk of blockage and unintended insulin delivery. Tips Watch our video to see how to insert Medtronic’s most popular infusion set. It is recommended that you change your Quick-set® infusion set and reservoir every 48 to 72 hours. This enables better insulin absorption, helps reduce insulin degradation and prevents infusion set obstruction. Successful pump therapy relies on proper care and protection of the infusion site. Visit the Medtronic Insertion Site Management to learn more. 2. MiniMed® mio™ All-in-one convenience MiniMed® mio™ is the newest MiniMed® all-in-one infusion set, integrating the set and the insertion device in one single unit that comes in a variety of colours. Easy to insert and carry, MiniMed® mio™ is a great choice if you’re looking for a portable infusion set. Features: Integrated inserter, for virtually painless ins Continue reading >>

In Par Tner Ship With Primary Children’s Hosp I Ta L

In Par Tner Ship With Primary Children’s Hosp I Ta L

Diabetes: Starting an insulin pump What is an insulin pump? An insulin pump is a small device that gives rapid- acting insulin. The insulin is given in small, steady amounts over the course of the day and night. This covers your basal insulin needs. It can also give a bolus dose of insulin to cover meals and correction doses. How does an insulin pump work? • Insulin is stored inside the pump. • The pump sends insulin to the body through a thin, flexible tube and a cannula. • The cannula is inserted into the skin with a needle. Once the cannula is in place, the needle is removed and the cannula is taped to the skin. The most common places to insert the cannula are the belly, upper arm, and upper butt cheek (buttock). To prevent infection, the pump site and cannula should be changed at home every 2 to 3 days. • The pump is worn in a pocket or Velcro pouch, on a belt, or on your waistband. • The insulin dose can be adjusted to cover exercise, carbs (carbohydrates), and sick days, as needed. An insulin pump only delivers insulin. It can’t check blood glucose (BG), and most pumps can’t adjust insulin doses on their own. You and your child will need to do this, and it takes some work to get it right. Why have an insulin pump? • Smaller insulin doses. • Improved blood glucose control during sleep or after exercise. • More flexibility managing meals and blood glucose. • Fewer injections. Is pump therapy right for me or my child? Pump therapy is not for everyone. Pumps work best for: • Children and families who know how to manage diabetes well. They will need to: – Test BG at least 4 times a day – Keep records of all BG readings – Show that they know h Continue reading >>

8 Ways To Take Insulin

8 Ways To Take Insulin

How to take insulin Need insulin? While the drug itself may be old—nearly 90 years to be exact—there’s lots of new things happening when it comes to ways to take it. From the old-fashioned needle and syringe to injector pens to pumps, you’ve got choices to make. There’s even a plethora of devices that can help you inject if you have poor vision or mobility issues. Check out these eight options and talk with your certified diabetes educator to determine which insulin delivery system or injection aids are right for you. Needle and syringe With this type of delivery system, you insert a needle into a vial, draw up the appropriate amount of insulin, and then inject into the subcutaneous space—the tissue just under your skin. Here are 5 types of insulin and 9 factors that affect how insulin works. Even though there are other options, needles and syringes remain the most common way to take insulin. Some of the new insulin injection methods, such as the insulin pen, carry only a preset amount of insulin. Thinner needles and other advancements, such as syringe magnifiers, have made syringes easier to use. Syringe magnifier Have poor vision? You’re not alone. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20–74 years. Needle guides can help you keep the syringe or pen steady at the desired location and at the correct angle both for drawing up insulin out of the vial and injecting. Some needle guides also come with magnifiers, which help by enlarging the numbers and allowing you to read the fine print and dosages on the syringe. Syringe-filling device These devices are another example of innovations designed to help make insulin needles more palatable. Syringe-filling devices allow a person Continue reading >>

Accu-chek Infusion Sets Product Support

Accu-chek Infusion Sets Product Support

These steps can be used with all Accu-Chek infusion sets which are compatible with the Accu-Chek LinkAssist Plus insertion device. For manual insertion instructions, please find specific instructions for each infusion set below. Please wash your hands before unpacking the infusion set. Insert the headset firmly into the insertion device, with the blue part of the adhesive backing paper pointing towards the blue safety release button. Ensure that you hear an audible click on insertion, this tells you that the cannula is correctly in place. Peel both parts of the adhesive backing paper away from the adhesive plaster. Hold the slider on both sides and pull it back until it stops. The introducer needle with the soft cannula snaps out. Position the insertion device on your chosen infusion site. Press against the skin, ensuring that the blue safety release is no longer visible. Press the release button to insert the cannula. Remove the insertion device. Press the adhesive plaster firmly onto the infusion site, ensuring that it makes good contact with the skin. Holding the white ridged sides, pull the needle box away from the body to remove. The introducer needle snaps back into the needle box automatically. Connect the primed tubing to the cannula. Before resuming insulin pump therapy, fill the soft cannula with 0.7U of U-100 insulin. For storage, pull the slider back to the original position. How to use the Accu-Chek FlexLink Plus and Accu-Chek Insight Flex infusion sets - manual insertion For assisted insertion using the Accu-Chek LinkAssist Plus insertion device, please follow the instructions above. Please wash your hands before unpacking the infusion set. Peel both parts of the adhesive liner away from the adhesive plaster. Push the blue button until it stops. The introd Continue reading >>

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