Infusion set tips and best practices [video]

Site selection

  • Your infusion set can be worn anywhere on your body where you would normally inject insulin. Absorption may vary from site to site. Discuss these options with your healthcare provider or insulin pump trainer.
  • The most commonly used sites are the abdomen, upper buttocks, hips, upper arms, and upper legs.
  • The abdomen is the most popular site because of access to fatty tissue. If using the abdominal area:

Avoid any area that would constrict the site, such as the belt line, waistline, or where you would normally bend. 

Avoid any area two inches around your navel. 

Avoid placing the infusion set directly on scars, moles, stretch marks, or tattoos.

Site rotation

  • The infusion set must be replaced and rotated every 2-3 days
  • With experience, you will find areas that not only provide better absorption, but are more comfortable. Keep in mind, using the same area may cause scarring or lumps, which will affect insulin absorption.
  • Establish a rotation schedule that best fits your needs.

Keep it clean

  • When changing your infusion set, always use clean technique to avoid an infection.
  • Wash your hands, use antiseptic wipes or infusion site preparation products, and keep the area clean to avoid contamination.
  • Site preparation products that have both an antiseptic and an adhesive are recommended.

Skin adhesive (tape, dressing, solution)

  • Prevents the infusion set from slipping off or being pulled out if your Tandem pump is dropped or tugged.
  • Useful when engaging in sports or in a hot climate.
  • If needed for additional security, create a safety loop by taping the tubing to your skin about 1-2 inches from the infusion site.

Watch the video below for more tips on infusion set adhesion:

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