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Re: [IP] Amount of prime? - Sammi



Linda,
You are absolutely correct. Thanks for the great explanation.
Jeff
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Sent: Sunday, January 23, 2000 10:32 AM
Subject: Re: [IP] Amount of prime? - Sammi


>
> In a message dated 1/23/00 11:30:51 AM, email @ redacted writes:
>
> <<  Prime until you see a drop of insulin coming out of the
>
> end of the new infusion set!  Then, when you actually connect the tubing
>
> INTO the tube in your skin, THEN put in .5 more ( yup - POINT FIVE) more.
>>
>
> OK, maybe everyone understands this and I am just restating, but with a
> Minimed pump there are 3 steps that are all (at least sometimes) called
> priming.
>
> 1) when you attach the tubing to the reservoir, you "prime" by pushing the
> plunger of the reservoir until insulin comes out the end of the tubing,
> either through a needle or at a disconnect (and in this stage it is good
to
> check for bubbles in the tubing because it is such an easy time to prime
them
> out).  This step is to fill the tubing.
>
> 2) after you position the cartridge in the pump, you "prime" by setting
5.0
> units on your prime bolus screen, and again look for insulin to come out.
> This step is to assure that the mechanics are in sync to start pumping.  I
> usually suspend when I see insulin, and seldom need the whole 5 units
>
> 3) If you are using an infusion set with a teflon canula where you remove
the
> metal needle, after your set and infusion set are attached to you, you
> "prime" on the prime bolus screen the amount to fill the canula, which is
> usually considered to be 0.5 unit for a softset and 0.5-1.0 unit for a
> silhouette.  I find 1.0 unit works best for me for a silhouette, though I
> have read in previous posts that actual volume is closer to 0.75.   (if
you
> are attaching to an already-in-use infusion site for which  you had
already
> primed the cannula, skip this step)
>
> I also leave the old set on for a couple hours (though it is odd sometimes
to
> find those little suckers in your pocket later -- and I very occasionally
do
> get bleeding when I pull it out, so I try to be prepared)
>
> Linda Z
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