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[IP] Re: (bent needles) infusion sets
>Subject: Re: [IP] Infusion sets
The pain we'll endure and the sacrifices we'll make to use the pump are a
source of fascination to me. I mean no personal denigration in my opinion
of bent needles
Quoting an user experienced only with bent needles and not
>I have been using bent needles for 4.5 years.
>I have never tried any of the newer
>infusion sets because I don't have any complaints about the bent needles.>
He's grown accustomed to them. A human can probably get used to most
I used bent needles for two weeks of misery (when I first started). I never
got to not perceiving them, nor overcoming the pain I felt when something
brushed against the site. I considered not using the pump because of them.
Maybe I'm just a wuss...
And there's twice the labor and materials involved and multiple square
inches more surgical dressing with bent needles than than using teflon
Here's a comparison of bent vs. tenders protocols:
1) surgically soap the area
2) wipe skin with IV prep.
3) Insert tender or bent needle.
(tenders users stop here) Bent needle users continue with protocol
4) apply a piece of 3M Transpore tape (1 inch width) over the
>site where the bent needle enters the skin.
5) make a 270 degree loop in
the tubing and secure it with another piece of Transpore tape.
two layers of Smith & Nephew IV 3000 dressing.
Funny that neither MM nor D pump pages have a photo of an actual bent needle
>The Quick Release makes it easy to shower
But leaves the user dangling a pony-tail from his infusion site. :-(
IMO, only reason to use bent-needle Vs. sils is price difference: $7.50
(including additional dressings) bent Vs. $9.50 sils. 'course, if sils can
last a day or two longer, and I think they can, costs are equivalent.
'been there and done both.
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